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Tri-state region pulmonary rehabilitation survey. Delivery of exercise conditioning services. The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Committee, Tri-State Society for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
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PMID:  8761838     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: This report analyzes the delivery of exercise conditioning services in the 1991 Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware regional survey of pulmonary rehabilitation programs. METHODS: Data from a questionnaire was analyzed with special consideration given to whether the program provided services for patients with only pulmonary diseases (n = 41) or with cardiac and pulmonary diseases (n = 18). RESULTS: All 59 programs included exercise conditioning. Most programs (67%) used oxygen saturation and/or expired gas analysis for writing exercise prescriptions. Only pulmonary programs used 6- or 12-minute walk data. The exercise prescription was written by nonphysicians in 51% of the programs. Most pulmonary-only programs used respiratory therapists by themselves or in combination with other professionals as exercise supervisors (71%). Cardiopulmonary programs used exercise physiologists by themselves (22%) or nurses by themselves or in combination with other professionals (50%). For all programs, the standard for ratio of patients to exercise staff averaged 3.0:1. Pulmonary-only programs did slightly but significantly more continuous arterial oxygen percent saturation (SaO2) monitoring rather than spot checking. A standard determining the use of supplemental oxygen during exercise was reported by 78% of all programs. Most used supplemental oxygen after observing the SaO2 level falling to < 90%. Electrocardiograph monitoring was done in 66% of pulmonary-only programs, but in 94% of the cardiopulmonary programs. Maintenance sessions were offered by 64% of the pulmonary-only programs and also by 78% of the cardiopulmonary programs. CONCLUSION: The type of rehabilitation program, either pulmonary-only or cardiopulmonary, appears to influence the exercise conditioning services used by the pulmonary patient.
P C Weiser; K P Ryan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0883-9212     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cardiopulm Rehabil     Publication Date:    1996 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-10-23     Completed Date:  1996-10-23     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8511296     Medline TA:  J Cardiopulm Rehabil     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  175-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration*
Exercise Test
Exercise Therapy / organization & administration*
Health Services Research
Heart Diseases / rehabilitation*
Lung Diseases, Obstructive / rehabilitation*
Monitoring, Physiologic
New Jersey
Regional Medical Programs

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