Pulmonary rehabilitation in Scotland

Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is an effective intervention for selected patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).COPD group photo

PR has been shown to reduce hospital admissions and mortality rates in patients post COPD exacerbation.

Proven benefits of PR:

  • relieving dyspnoea
  • enhanced exercise tolerance
  • improved quality of life.

Improving PR services

PR is a clinically effective treatment for COPD. NHS boards should work to make the service available to all those who could potentially benefit. NHS Boards and respiratory managed clinical networks (MCNs) can use these resources to review and develop their local PR services.

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