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Utilization of pulmonary rehabilitation for everyone


Journal of Lung, Pulmonary & Respiratory Research
Kent McCain, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, GradCert PH

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Abstract

Knowledge and therapy for patients with respiratory illnesses has been ongoing in the medical world. Assisting with the patient’s quality of life and possible recovery is a type of rehab that includes education as well as monitored exercise. This rehab notably labeled Pulmonary Rehab is managed by healthcare workers with the intent on assisting the patient to not only get up and move, but to remain social. Quarantine and the threat of being infected with Covid-19 put a halt to programs like this. As people were searching for ways to see their physicians for appointments and telehealth was approved for most, it was not for Pulmonary Rehab. These patients that had been placed in a program to ensure they would have interaction, were now just shut in their homes. Pulmonary Rehab should be open to all not being approved now because of insurance or other details such as financial or telehealth issues

Keywords

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary rehab, social cognitive theory, social activity, lung function (FEV1, FVC), covid-19, quarantine

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