Patients with COPD Receive Support from Pulmonary Rehab

As mentioned in the August edition of Humana’s YourPractice, patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may need more information about pulmonary rehabilitation and their options especially after an inpatient stay.

Pulmonary rehabilitation includes supportive resources, such as:

  • Breathing retraining
  • General education (e.g., triggers, early signs of infection, when to seek treatment and disease progression)
  • Medications (e.g., inhaler use and side effects)
  • Treatment options, including oxygen therapy
  • Diet, nutrition and weight management techniques
  • Monitored and supervised exercise, including both cardio and strength training
  • Psychosocial support options
  • Referrals for smoking cessation

The benefits of pulmonary rehab include:

  • Fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations
  • Reduced mortality
  • Improved quality of life with reduced exacerbations and better symptom management
  • Improved exercise capacity

If health care professionals have questions regarding pulmonary rehabilitation programs, they can call Humana at 1-800-448-6262, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.