A case manager requires a good training

A clinical trial verifies the benefits of a case manager on the number of hospitalizations in patients with COPD. A Canadian randomized controlled trial published by Fan and colleagues in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine in 2012 assessed the efficacy of a therapeutic education program based on a case manager on the number of hospitalizations […]

Benefits of COPD self-management programs

A meta-analysis evaluates the benefits of education program for COPD self-management on health and use of care based on the results of 14 clinical trials published between 1985 and 2006. A Dutch meta-analysis published in 2007 by Effing and colleagues published in the Cochrane Review assessed the efficacy of education programs for self-management of COPD […]

International Consensus on COPD

   A consensus report provides an update on the management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. In an original move, an international committee named GOLD (Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of COPD) was created in 2001. This committee was charged with regularly reviewing scientific and medical knowledge on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), […]

Patient education: a must for the care of chronic respiratory diseases

  The 2009 report of the Respiratory Society of French Language is particularly synthesis of research on the effectiveness of patient education for patients with COPD. The Société de Pneumologie de Langue Française (SPLF) published in 2009 in the Revue des Maladies Respiratoires report collective expertise together with fifty specialists. This report aims to provide an update on the […]

Training to manage respiratory disease saves money

   A study proves the efficacy and cost/effectiveness of a one-month outpatient disease education program in patients with COPD. A randomized controlled trial of Ninot and colleagues published in the journal Respiratory Medicine in 2011 tested the benefits of exercise based on the Hospital of Montpellier with 38 patients therapeutic education program with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease […]

What to do after a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program?

The American College of Chest Physician and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Rehabilitation recommend that COPD patients to continue their rehabilitation in order to maintain their gains. The American College of Chest Physician (ACCP) and the American Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Respiratory (AACVPR) Association published in the journal Chest in 2007 guidelines based on consensus […]

Evidence of the Efficacy of Respiratory Rehabilitation

A study proved the efficacy of a 6-week multidisciplinary rehabilitation program for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease patients. A landmark randomized controlled trial by Griffiths and colleagues, published in The Lancet in 2000, tested the efficacy of a multidisciplinary program based on physical exercise, nutritional advice, smoking cessation and therapeutic education among 180 patients suffering from COPD. […]

Defining Respiratory Rehabilitation

The American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society define pulmonary rehabilitation whose content is based on evidence, as “a comprehensive and multidisciplinary response for patients with chronic respiratory diseases who are symptomatic and generally have a lower daily activities. Integrated into the individualized treatment of the patient, pulmonary rehabilitation aims to reduce symptoms, improve functional […]