Pulmonary rehabilitation

December 2003
Thorax;Dec2003 Supplement 3, Vol. 58, piii75
Academic Journal
Successful, pulmonary rehabilitation depends heavily on patient motivation and compliance. Patient perceptions regarding whether their health is under their own control , the control of "powerful others", or due to "chance" can be measured by the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control questionnaire and have been associated with many positive health behaviors. Despite convincing evidence for benefit there is still inadequate provision of pulmonary rehabilitation services. The last survey in 1998 showed that only one third of respiratory specialists had referral access to a rehabilitation program. A further survey was conducted in October 2002 to assess the current situation.


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