Home-based Telerehab and COPD

A review of research on home-based Telerehab for People with COPD

Women using mobile device for rehabilitation

by Wade Michaelchuk, PhD Student

April 26, 2022 - Home-based telerehab involves exercise and/or education programs delivered virtually in one’s home. The need for and use of home-based telerehab has increased in the past few years for People with COPD, partly because of the covid-19 pandemic. We reviewed academic research on the topic because we wanted to know how these programs were being designed and delivered to people with COPD. We also wanted to know how effective these programs are compared to hospital-based programs.

Our review looked at 38 studies and included information on 1993 people with COPD who have not recently had a worsening of COPD symptoms. We found there were many ways these programs are being designed and delivered to people with COPD and recommended things like including a plan for emergencies and including both exercise and education in programs should be standard. We also found that home-based telerehab programs were just as effective as hospital-based programs for improving symptoms and shortness of breath.

Take Home Message: Home-based telerehab programs are currently designed and delivered in a variety of ways, and we recommended some ways to standardize programs to make them better. We found that home-based telerehab was just as effective as hospital-based programs for improving symptoms and shortness of breath. 

Publication title: Design and delivery of home-based telehealth pulmonary rehabilitation programs in COPD: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Link: https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1esbj4xGJ-51Gj