A qualitative assessment of the pulmonary rehabilitation decision-making needs of patients living with COPD

A. C. Barradell*, C. Bourne, B. Alkhathlan, M. Larkin, S. J. Singh

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Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is highly evidenced but underutilised in patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A menu of centre and home-based programmes is available to facilitate uptake but is not routinely offered. An appraisal of the current PR referral approach compared to a menu-based approach was warranted to explore the decision-making needs of patients living with COPD when considering a referral to PR. Face-to-face or telephone, semi-structured interviews were conducted with patients diagnosed with COPD and referred to PR and referring HCPs. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using the enhanced critical incident technique. 14 HCPs and 11 patients were interviewed (n = 25). Interview data generated 276 critical incidents which informed 28 categories (30 sub-categories). Five high-level themes captured patients' decision-making needs for PR: Understanding COPD, understanding PR, perceived ability to access PR, a desire to accept PR, and supporting the offer. A menu-based approach would further support patients' PR decision-making, however, insufficient knowledge of the programmes would limit its perceived feasibility and acceptability. The development of shared decision making interventions (e.g., a patient decision aid) to elicit patient-centred, meaningful discussions about the menu is suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Article number23
JournalNPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2022

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  • Humans
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive/rehabilitation
  • Qualitative Research
  • Referral and Consultation


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