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COPD: patients in need of reassurance say they value input from clinicians

Healthcare professionals' support prevents people with COPD feeling overwhelmed by symptoms
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Healthcare professionals' support prevents people with COPD feeling overwhelmed by symptoms

Support from healthcare professionals can encourage individuals with chronic lung conditions to remain physically active and feel less overwhelmed by their symptoms.

A team of researchers from Lincoln and Oxford universities evaluated 12 international studies of a total of 167 people diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) between 1998 and 2017.

Rehabilitation

All had completed pulmonary rehabilitation programmes, incorporating exercise training, education, and lifestyle advice designed to boost quality of life. These ranged in length from four to 12 weeks.

The researchers identified barriers to remaining active following pulmonary rehabilitation. These included social isolation, restricted

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