Ayse Cil Akinci, PhD, is an assistant professor at Kirklareli University, Health College in Kirklareli, Turkey.
The Effectiveness of Nurse-Led, Home-Based Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Patients with COPD in Turkey
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
2011 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 36, Issue 4, pages 159–165, July-August 2011
How to Cite
Akinci, A. C. and Olgun, N. (2011), The Effectiveness of Nurse-Led, Home-Based Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Patients with COPD in Turkey. Rehabilitation Nursing, 36: 159–165. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2011.tb00084.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
- chronic obstructive;
- pulmonary disease;
- functional capacity;
- nurse-led pulmonary;
- quality of life
The goal of this study was to determine the effectiveness of nurse-led, home-based pulmonary rehabilitation in patients with stage 3 or 4 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to the Global Initiative for COPD (GOLD) staging system. The study consisted of 32 patients—a nurse-led, home-based pulmonary rehabilitation group (16) and a control group (16). In the rehabilitation program, patients received education about their diseases and performed breathing exercises and lower- and upper-extremity aerobic exercises at their homes during the 3-month period of the study. There was meaningful improvement in the rehabilitation group in terms of pulmonary function tests (FEV1% predicted value), artery blood gases (PaCO2), quality of life, dyspnea, and functional capacity. On the other hand, no meaningful change was observed in the control group. The study showed that the nurse-led, home-based pulmonary rehabilitation program had positive effects on the patients with COPD.