Respiratory Rehabilitation in Individuals with Chronic Lung Disease

Dr. Pat Camp, a clinician scientist with the  James Hogg Research Centre, is investigating the benefits of respiratory rehabilitation for patients with the lung disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  

Although patients who are usually referred to respiratory rehabilitation programs which develop tailored exercise regiments and provide educational information on disease management are those with moderately stable to severe COPD, Dr. Camp is zeroing on the potential benefits that such programs can bring to patients across the COPD continuum. Her research will be focused on the gains that physical activity may bring to patients with mild COPD, pre and post lung transplant patients, hospitalized COPD patients, and COPD patients with co-morbidities.

For these patients, exercise may confer the same, if not better health outcomes – especially if exercise is regulated alongside their prescribed medication. Dr. Camp hopes that her research will demonstrate the benefits of having a wider range of COPD patients participate in respiratory rehabilitation programs. With more inclusive rehabilitation programs, we can look forward to increasing the patients’ quality of life, and helping to lift the burden of health care costs by reducing hospital readmissions, the length of hospital stays, and admitting patients who require less critical and expensive needs.