Feasibility and effectiveness of a pulmonary rehabilitation programme in a community hospital setting.

Honiton Surgery, Devon.
British Journal of General Practice (Impact Factor: 2.03). 08/2002; 52(480):539-42.
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ABSTRACT Pulmonary rehabilitation programmes run in secondary care have proved to be one of the most effective interventions for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
To assess whether a pulmonary rehabilitation programme, similar to that run in secondary care, could be established in a primary care-run community hospital and whether it could achieve similar benefits in patents with moderately severe COPD.
Uncontrolled prospective intervention study
A primary care-run community hospital.
Thirty-four patients with COPD aged between 5 and 80 years of age (mean = 70years) with a forced expiratory volume (FEV1) of 30 to 50% (mean = 40%) predicted were enrolled in a programme established in the activities room at Honiton Community Hospital. Patients were assessed at the start, on completion of the programme, and six months after completion, using spirometry, shuttle-walking distance, and short form-36 (SF-36) and chronic respiratory questionnaire (CRQ) scores.
All but one patient completed the programme. There were significant improvements in the walking distance (by a mean of 100 m), in the SF-36, and in all domains of the CRQ. There was no significant change in the FEV1 or forced vital capacity.
Pulmonary rehabilitation programmes can be run in community hospitals. They appear to be as effective as those run in secondary care and patients may find them easier to access.

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