Lynn Markwell knows all too well how pulmonary rehabilitation — a multidisciplinary program combining exercise, nutrition, education, and support — can improve the quality of life for people with respiratory conditions.
For patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), pulmonary rehabilitation can significantly improve well-being. But according to a recent study, few people living with COPD are getting the benefits of multifaceted rehab programs that combine exercise training, nutritional counseling, education, and support.
Sixty-two percent of people diagnosed with chronic pulmonary disorders have never heard of pulmonary rehabilitation – an effective non-pharmacological treatment option covered by Medicare and private insurance – according to a survey released by the American Thoracic Society, or ATS.
Few patients hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) receive pulmonary rehabilitation (PR), according to a study published online Nov. 12 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
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