Many people with COPD lack the knowledge, motivation or skills to slow down disease progression and maintain reasonable health. In addition following a diagnosis of COPD many people do not receive the education, knowledge and skills training to enable them to self-manage their care well. There are now strong arguments that pulmonary rehabilitation improves quality of life (Lacasse et al. 2006). However research determining the key essential elements of pulmonary rehabilitation programmes is required (Ries et al. 2007, Lacasse et al. 2006).
A Cochrane review in 2002 (Monninkhof et al. 2002) concluded that further research on the effectiveness of self-management programmes with a behavioural component and long follow-up time needs to be undertaken. In addition the context and location of a pulmonary rehabilitation programme need to be considered as these ultimately will effect the programme (Ries et al. 2007). In Ireland no randomised controlled trials examining the impact of pulmonary rehabilitation programmes in primary care settings were identified.
On this web site, read more about the study as follows:
- Information for General Practitioners
- Information for Practice Nurses
- Information for people with breathing difficulties who may be participants in the PRINCE study
This study is funded by the Health Research Board (HRB) through the Nursing and Midwifery Research Priority Studies 2007 and supported by an non conditional educational grant from Pfizer Healthcare Ireland.