There’s no place like home: Integrating pulmonary rehabilitation into the home setting

Submitted: June 1, 2017
Accepted: June 13, 2017
Published: July 18, 2017
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Traditional, outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation provided to stable COPD patients leads to significant improvements in dyspnea, exercise capacity and health related quality of life.  Also, when started during or shortly after a hospitalization for a COPD exacerbation, pulmonary rehabilitation improves these patient-centered outcomes and arguably reduces subsequent health care utilization and mortality.  Despite these benefits, the uptake of traditional pulmonary rehabilitation remains disappointingly poor.  Home-based pulmonary rehabilitation, a safe and effective alternative to traditional, center-based programs, can broaden access. While proven improvements in dyspnea, exercise capacity and health status justify implementation of home-based pulmonary rehabilitation, it would be helpful to know whether it can also decrease health care utilization and be cost-effective. 

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Madalina Macrea, -Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center -University of Virginia

Associate Professor

Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

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Macrea, Madalina, Richard ZuWallack, and Linda Nici. 2017. “There’s No Place Like Home: Integrating Pulmonary Rehabilitation into the Home Setting”. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease 87 (2). https://doi.org/10.4081/monaldi.2017.859.