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Title: Face-to-face pulmonary rehabilitation in the middle of the pandemic: patients’ views
Author: Gomes, Maria
Almeida, Sara
Souto-Miranda, Sara
Rodrigues, Guilherme
Marques, Alda Sofia Pires de Dias
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: European Respiratory Society
Abstract: On-site pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) programmes are currently scarce due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Existingprogrammes faced major routine changes to ensure safety and continuity of care with unknown impacts onpatients. Thus, we explored the impact of such changes in people with chronic respiratory diseases goingthrough PR during the pandemic. A qualitative study was conducted. Semi-structured interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed perverbatim. A preliminary deductive thematic analysis was performed. 17 patients (7 ILD, 8 COPD and, 2 asthma; 9 males; 63±10 years) were interviewed and 5 themes wereidentified. Implemented infection prevention and control measures and a closer healthcare professional (HCP)-patient interaction were identified as important factors that contributed to patients’ perception of a safeenvironment. Reduced social interaction with peers and increased HCP workload and stress were recognised ashaving a negative impact. PR was perceived as essential, to break social isolation and relieve stress induced bythe pandemic, and for patients to feel fitter, more capable, and confident (Fig.1). On-site PR is valued by patients and was perceived safe and beneficial during the pandemic. Careful reflectionabout maintaining PR programmes closed is recommended. Future studies should also explore the impact of these changes on PR effectiveness and seek perspectives of other stakeholders, such as HCPs.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1183/13993003.congress-2021.OA1190
ISSN: 0903-1936
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