Occupational therapy-led pulmonary rehabilitation: a practice analysis

Susan Easthaugh, Gemma Bradley, Lorna Pee, Joanna Donnelly

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Statement of context:
Pulmonary rehabilitation is accepted as an essential strategy for the management of respiratory disease. However, there is wide variation in models of service delivery, and evidence to understand which elements are most effective is less clear. This analysis outlines key elements of an occupational therapy-led pulmonary rehabilitation programme.

Critical reflection on practice:
It is proposed that the core focus on occupation and the unique skills and reasoning of occupational therapists contribute to positive outcomes for service users.

Implications for practice:
Occupational therapists are ideally placed to lead and develop pulmonary rehabilitation programmes. As there is genuine uncertainty about which elements are most effective, this analysis should encourage further evaluation and research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)770-774
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number12
Early online date19 Sept 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019


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