Outcomes of a home-based pulmonary maintenance program for individuals with COPD: a pilot study

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Title Outcomes of a home-based pulmonary maintenance program for individuals with COPD: a pilot study
Author Cooke, Marie Louise; Moyle, Wendy; Griffiths, Susan; Shields, Louise
Journal Name Contemporary Nurse
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher EContent Management Pty Ltd
Abstract This preliminary pilot study explores sustained benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) attending a 12-month home-based pulmonary maintenance program. The incidence of COPD is high and ageing populations will see this continue and possibly increase. PR programs are effective, however, benefits may dissipate if the program is not continued. The maintenance program involved: strength retraining exercises; collaborative goal setting; regular telephone calls; and home visits. Around half of the 29 participants remained in contact with the program for 12 months and 21 completed final or 6-month assessment. Most participants maintained: respiratory functioning; quality of life; and self-efficacy, with some showing improvements. Outcomes provide knowledge for improving patient care through a home-based strategy to maintain benefits of PR programs. Results suggest that in light of likely decline in benefits 6-12 months after PR, the maintenance program contributed to sustained benefits for COPD individuals and also provide information to aid investigators planning the design of similar larger research with this population.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.5172/conu.2009.34.1.085
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 e-Content Management Pty Ltd. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 34
Issue Number 1
Page from 85
Page to 97
ISSN 1037-6178
Date Accessioned 2010-05-19
Language en_US
Research Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld; Centre for Health Practice Innovation
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Aged Care Nursing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30244
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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