Pulmonary Rehabilitation



Background

A pulmonary rehabilitation programme for COPD patients has been running in Cork since September 2008.

  • Joint CUH / PCCC North Lee venture
  • Programme supervised by Dr. Mike Henry
  • Multidisciplinary team
    • Medical / Nursing
    • Physiotherapy / Dietician
    • OT / Citizens Information Officer
    • Smoking Cessation Officer
  • Patients attend for 8 weeks
    • 1 hour class twice weekly
    • Plus 1 hour education / week
  • Only patients with spirometry confirmed COPD

Inclusion criteria

  • Clinical evidence COPD (any severity)
  • Patients receiving optimal pharmacotherapy
  • Considering stopping smoking
  • Motivation to change lifestyle
  • Compliance
  • Referral form

Exclusion criteria

  • Severe orthopaedic or neuromuscular disease
  • Recent CVA
  • Severe heart failure or unstable angina
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Terminal illness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Referral form
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Referral Form

Content by Cáit Healy (Senior Physiotherapist, CUH), Dr. Íomhar O' Sullivan 05/03/2009. Last review Dr. ÍOS 21/10/17.