Most COPD Patients Are Missing Out on Pulmonary Rehab Benefits

Posted Dec 06, 2018

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.

Research published November 12, 2018, in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society found that only 1.9 percent of patients hospitalized for COPD received pulmonary rehabilitation within six months of being discharged. The authors stress that these 6- to 12-week programs are much more accessible now that Medicare offers coverage for these services.

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