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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 164-171

Delivering pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at home using telehealth: A review of the literature


Department of Health Sciences Education, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA

Correspondence Address:
Abdullah A Almojaibel
6331-A Moroso Court, Indianapolis, IN 46224
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-631X.188247

PMID: 30787723

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Pulmonary rehabilitation is recommended to restore chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients' abilities to the highest level of independency and functionality. Telehealth has the potential to improve rehabilitation programs and to enhance patients' participation. However, little is known about the potential benefits of using telehealth in providing rehabilitation for COPD patients at home. The purpose of this review was to provide a narrative synthesis of literature of studies, which use telehealth with video components to provide real-time pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD patients. An electronic database search was performed in the Ovid Medline, CINAHL, and PubMed databases. Seven eligible studies were included based on the inclusion criteria. Based on the included studies, using telehealth to provide real-time interactive pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD patients at home is feasible and acceptable, and can provide clinical and social positive benefits. A knowledge gap regarding feasibility, acceptance, and benefits of using telehealth to provide real-time pulmonary rehabilitation services still exists.


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