The Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship to discover new ways to deliver pulmonary rehabilitation for Australians with chronic lung disease

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Pulmonary rehabilitation is a highly effective treatment for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), however in Australia it is estimated that we deliver this treatment to less than 1% of those who could benefit each year. The aim of my fellowship was to investigate the use of telerehabilitation to deliver pulmonary rehabilitation using information and communications technologies.
I visited the following centres which are pioneering the use of telerehabilitation in COPD:
Norwegian Centre for Telemedicine, Tromso, Norway – pilot project of homebased telerehabilitation, connecting multiple patients to a clinician in real time.
Perth and Kinross Community Health Partnership (CHP), Scotland – provides pulmonary rehabilitation to three remote health facilities using videoconferencing.
Distance Lab, Inverness, Scotland – a pilot program of home-based telerehabilitation with multipoint videoconferencing and remote monitoring Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, Spain – the Nexes project uses a smartphone to deliver comprehensive disease management to people with COPD living in the community.
Centre for Lung Health, Edmonton, Canada – a large scale program linking the pulmonary rehabilitation program at Edmonton General Hospital with 10 rural sites.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherThe Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
Number of pages45
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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