Relationship between pulmonary rehabilitation and care dependency in COPD

D. J. A. Janssen, S. Wilke, D. E. Smid, F. M. E. Franssen, I. M. Augustin, E. F. M. Wouters, M. A. Spruit

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The aims of this study were to explore care dependency before and after pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) in patients with COPD (n=331) and to compare the response to PR between care dependent and independent patients. At baseline, 85 (25.7%) patients had a Care Dependency Scale (CDS) score <= 68 points and were considered as care dependent. CDS scores of these patients improved after PR (p<0.001). After PR, CDS score of 38 (44.7%) patients with a baseline CDS score <= 68 points increased to >68 points. Patients with a baseline CDS score <= 68 points or > 68 points showed after PR a comparable improvement in COPD Assessment Test, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale and 6-min walk distance (all p<0.05).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1054-1056
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016

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