X3.6 Pulmonary rehabilitation

A pulmonary rehabilitation program initiated following hospitalisation for an exacerbation of COPD is clinically effective, safe and is associated with a reduction in subsequent hospital admissions (Spruit 2013). Therefore every effort should be made to ensure patients are referred to and can access a pulmonary rehabilitation program upon discharge from hospital for an exacerbation.

A list of pulmonary rehabilitation programs known to Lung Foundation Australia can be accessed athttp://lungfoundation.com.au/patient-support/living-with-a-lung-condition/pulmonary-rehabilitation-2/pulmonary-rehabilitation-programs-2/.  The individual contact details can be obtained by calling the Lung Foundation’s Information and Support Centre (free-call 1800 654 301).