Pulmonary rehabilitation in Lebanon "What do we have"? A national survey among chest physicians

Rebecca Farah*, Wim Groot, Milena Pavlova

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Background Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is not very often used by physicians in Lebanon despite evidence on its positive effects on health-related quality of life. Aim This study assesses the knowledge, attitudes and practices of PR among physicians in Lebanon. In addition, the study identifies the main barriers to access to PR according to chest physicians. Insight into these issues will help to increase awareness about the need for PR programs and can contribute to designing such programs in the country. Methods A survey was conducted during the regional conference of the Lebanese Pulmonary Society. One week after the initial survey, the survey questionnaire was sent by email to all chest physicians who were registered with the Lebanese Pulmonary Society but did not attend the conference. A 25-item questionnaire was used to collect information on PR. Results Responses were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The response rate was 40%. Results show that only one-third of Lebanese chest physicians have good knowledge about the nature and multidisciplinary content of PR. Physicians generally support the current "Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program" in Beirut. Key barriers found are the lack of referral, lack of motivation by patients due to their health, cost of care and lack of qualified health care specialists in Lebanon. Conclusion Absence of awareness and education about PR among healthcare providers plays an important role in increasing access to the "Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program". Awareness campaigns and education for physicians, health care professionals and patients should be considered to increase PR in the country.

Original languageEnglish
Article number0254419
Number of pages12
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2021



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