Improving Access to Pulmonary Rehab Programs

Two new educational videos from the National Rural Health Resource Center highlight the prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the country’s rural communities and the steps that Critical Access Hospitals and other small rural hospitals can take to improve access to much-needed pulmonary rehabilitation services.  The first video, Understanding COPD and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, provides an overview of COPD — its symptoms and causes — and explains how rural-based pulmonary rehabilitation services help to restore independence and quality of life in COPD patients. The second video, How to Launch a Pulmonary Rehab Program, highlights the benefits — to hospitals and their communities — of operating pulmonary rehab programs, and shares practical advice and tips.

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