The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2000 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

LONGTERM PATIENT OUTCOMES OF A PULMONARY REHABILITATION PROGRAM

Jennifer Wiseman RRT, RCP, CPFT, Melissa W. Sloban BA, RRT, RCP; Parma Community General Hospital, Parma Ohio

BACKGROUND: A random selection of Pulmonary Rehabilitation patients were tracked for three years after completion of the program. The sample size was 38% of the patient population at the time the study began.
METHOD: Medical records review and follow-up patient interviews at least annually targeted 6 key indicators
1. Mortality
2. Admission/readmission rates of surviving participants
3. Percentage of participants still active in Fitness Club
4. Percentage of participants with 2 or more admissions in 12 months
5. Percentage of participants with one admission in 12 months
6. Percentage of participants with no hospital admissions
RESULTS
1. Three year mortality rate was 10% with 40% of deaths being unrelated to Pulmonary disease.
2. Admission rates decreased from 150% to 5%
3. Continuation in exercise program increased from 0% to 23%
4. Two or more admissions decreased from 52% to 0%
5. One admission per year decreased from 28% to 5%
6. No admissions for one year went from 20% to 95%
CONCLUSION: The long-term study demonstrates long-term benefits of participation in a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program.

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