In last month’s patient meetings here at Wythenshawe Hospital, the topic of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) came up. Some people said it had been useful, some people felt pushed into it, some people felt it was too much and actually made them feel worse instead of better.
This gave us food for thought and we went away to look at the literature. Has anyone studied the outcomes of PR from the patients’ perspective?
The answer was yes! In October last year a paper was published on exactly that, a survey of 1685 people with self-reported chronic lung disease in 29 countries.
This Hippocratic Post article is aimed at the elderly and of course many of us aren’t getting any younger! We have established that any person with a pulmonary aspergillosis can play a part in maintaining lung function long term by remaining active and taking some exercise each day – 15mins of whatever exercise you can safely manage every day is a good maintenance guide but consult your doctor for specific advice.
In a speech at the Annual Marie Curie Palliative Care Conference 2017 Professor Gunn Grande will talk about better ways that clinicians and healthcare professionals can better care for their patients by engaging with the people who have the most input into the patients care and daily life: the carer(s). There are many obstacles to better communication with carers, not the least being that many people are in a carer role and yet do not think of themselves as carers, identifying a child, a wife, a husband.
Julia White has published a thought provoking article on her experience of getting her asthma under control with the help of yoga. After several months works she was able to sense an asthma attack coming on and use yoga to relax and calm herself.
“I aim to practise yoga every day as I know just five minutes of yogic breathing and three or four postures will make me feel more energised and relaxed. All I need to do is find a quiet space, roll out my yoga mat and let the movements and deep breathing techniques work my mind and body.”