Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of exercise and education that is designed especially for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although pulmonary rehabilitation is known to improve symptoms, reduce hospital admissions and lower healthcare costs, very few people with COPD ever undertake the program - some people find it too difficult to travel to the hospital, whilst others live too far away. The aim of this project is to test whether an entirely home-based pulmonary rehabilitation can deliver equal benefits to the hospital-based program. We will randomly assign 144 people with COPD to either undertake standard pulmonary rehabilitation in a hospital setting, or a low-cost home-based program. If home-based pulmonary rehabilitation can improve the health of people with COPD without increasing healthcare costs, this will provide new opportunities for people with COPD to access this important treatment.
Do you have COPD and have not attended a pulmonary rehabilitation program in the last 2 years? If so, you might eligible to participate in this study. Interested to find out more? Please contact Anne Holland on 94796744, or email
Benefits and costs of home-based pulmonary rehabilitation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. NHMRC Project Grant #1046353
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