Pulmonary rehabilitation and follow-on services: a Northern Ireland survey

B. O'Neill, Joseph Elborn, Joseph Macmahon, J. Bradley

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There should be a clear pathway through pulmonary rehabilitation and follow-on services. The aim of this survey was to determine the characteristics of the different components of the patient pathway, that is, pulmonary rehabilitation programs, ongoing exercise facilities, and support networks in Northern Ireland. Questionnaires were sent to current providers of pulmonary rehabilitation, providers of ongoing exercise, and support groups in Northern Ireland. Findings relating to the current status of pulmonary rehabilitation in Northern Ireland up to January 2007 are reported. There are currently 23 pulmonary rehabilitation programs in Northern Ireland. There appears to be a pathway through the short-term pulmonary rehabilitation program (6-8 weeks). Programs met standards for structure and format, except for the frequency of supervised exercise. Not all programs have links for the provision of ongoing exercise, but a range of exercise programs are available in leisure centers in Northern Ireland that include people with respiratory disease. There are 13 support groups for patients with respiratory disease in Northern Ireland and their function is diverse. Pulmonary rehabilitation is established in Northern Ireland, although not all patients are able to access these. Facilities for ongoing exercise and support groups are less developed. Improvements could be facilitated by better communication within the patient pathway and a strategic coordinated approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-154
Number of pages6
JournalChronic Respiratory Disease
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008


  • maintenance exercise
  • pulmonary rehabilitation
  • survey
  • controlled study
  • exercise
  • follow up
  • health education
  • health service

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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