|Title:||Do Patients Continue to Exercise After They Complete a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Course?|
|Author(s):||P. Tonge S. L. O'Beirne|
|Institution:||St. Michael's Hospital|
|Poster:||Click to view poster|
|Category:||Asthma and COPD|
|Abstract:||Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) is defined as “an intervention based on patient assessment followed by patient tailored therapies including, exercise, education, self-management intervention, to improve physical and psychological condition of people with chronic respiratory disease and promote adherence to health- enhancing behaviours” . It is recommended that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) attend PR to improve quality of life, prevent exacerbations and prevent hospital admissions [1,2]. It is documented that patients should be encouraged to continue exercising upon completion of PR .|
The aim of this audit was to ascertain if patients, who completed the PR are still compliant with exercise. The second aim of this audit was to determine if patients joined a community COPD exercise group.
Patients between January 2019 – January 2020, who completed PR including a post PR assessment were included in this audit (n=83). Patients were contacted by phone. Responses were recorded and saved in an excel spreadsheet and totals/ percentages calculated.
There was a 77% response rate (n=64). Of this, 80% (n=51) of patients attending PR were diagnosed with COPD. 81% (n=52) reported continuing to exercise. Of this, 29% (n= 15) reported joining a community COPD exercise group. These results suggest that patients do continue to exercise upon completion of PR but do not join a community COPD exercise group.