Pulmonary rehabilitation has been well established and increasingly recommended in disease management plans for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Key elements include a multidisciplinary approach to care, focus on the individual patient, and attention to emotional and social as well as physical aspects of health. Appropriate candidates are symptomatic patients with chronic lung disease who are aware of their disability and motivated to participate actively in their own health care. Pulmonary rehabilitation has also been useful for patients with other types of chronic lung diseases. Program components include a careful patient evaluation, education, instruction in respiratory and chest physiotherapy techniques, exercise training, and psychosocial support. Benefits demonstrated in a growing body of evidence include improvement in symptoms, exercise tolerance, and quality of life and reduction in utilization of health care resources. Pulmonary rehabilitation has also been included as an adjunct to surgical programs such as lung transplantation and lung volume reduction surgery.
"The results of this study indicate that symptoms are very important to patients' subjective health status, which in turn supports the view that a pulmonary rehabilitation programme focusing on the management of symptoms, such as breathlessness, anxiety, and depression, is required to alleviate symptoms and increase subjective health status. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Subjective health status is the result of an interaction between physiological and psychosocial factors in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, there is little understanding of multivariate explanations of subjective health status in COPD. The purpose of this study was to explore what determines subjective health status in COPD by evaluating the relationships between background variables such as age and sex, predicted FEV1%, oxygen saturation, breathlessness, anxiety and depression, exercise capacity, and physical and mental health.
This study had a cross-sectional design, and included 100 COPD patients (51% men, mean age 66.1 years). Lung function was assessed by predicted FEV1%, oxygen saturation by transcutaneous pulse oximeter, symptoms with the St George Respiratory Questionnaire and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, physical function with the Incremental Shuttle Walking Test, and subjective health status with the SF-36 health survey. Linear regression analysis was used.
Older patients reported less breathlessness and women reported more anxiety (p < 0.050). Women, older patients, those with lower predicted FEV1%, and those with greater depression had lower physical function (p < 0.050). Patients with higher predicted FEV1%, those with more breathlessness, and those with more anxiety or depression reported lower subjective health status (p < 0.050). Symptoms explained the greatest variance in subjective health status (35%-51%).
Symptoms are more important for the subjective health status of patients with COPD than demographics, physiological variables, or physical function. These findings should be considered in the treatment and care of these patients.
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 01/2009; 6(1):115. DOI:10.1186/1477-7525-6-115 · 2.12 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: STUDY/PRINCIPLES: The effects of an outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program on psychological morbidity (anxiety and depressive symptoms) were examined in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The 26 rehabilitation patients with COPD were compared with 19 control patients with COPD similar in age, gender, COPD severity and other variables. Initial assessment included lung function testing, health status, exercise tolerance, dyspnea intensity and psychiatric interviews using Hamilton depression rating scale (HAM-D) and Hamilton anxiety rating scale (HAM-A). A pulmonary rehabilitation program was carried out during the following 2 months; psychiatric interviews and measurements of health status, exercise tolerance and dyspnea intensity were done again on completion of the study at 2 months.
There was a decrease in HAM-A scores in the rehabilitation group and the decrease was statistically significant (P=0.010). On the contrary the HAM-A scores did not change in control group. The decrease in HAM-A scores in rehabilitation group was also statistically significant compared with the control group (P=0.042). There was no significant difference in HAM-D scores within the two groups and also there was no significant difference between the two groups in HAM-D scores. The health status, exercise tolerance and dyspnea intensity improved significantly in the rehabilitation group compared to the control group.
This study shows that our outpatient rehabilitation program leads to a benefit in anxiety and depressive symptoms in COPD patients. The benefit was especially significant in anxiety symptoms. In addition to the improvement in psychological symptoms, the health status, exercise tolerance and dyspnea intensity were also significantly improved in COPD patients who underwent the rehabilitation program. This outpatient-based rehabilitation program was well accepted by the patients. The relatively simple design of the program makes it feasible independently of expensive equipment.
Respiratory Medicine 07/2006; 100(6):1050-7. DOI:10.1016/j.rmed.2005.09.031 · 3.09 Impact Factor
Monaldi archives for chest disease = Archivio Monaldi per le malattie del torace / Fondazione clinica del lavoro, IRCCS [and] Istituto di clinica tisiologica e malattie apparato respiratorio, Università di Napoli, Secondo ateneo 10/2006; 65(3):152-9.
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