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ISRN Pulmonology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 394042, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/394042
Research Article

Characteristics of COPD Patients Enrolled into Rehabilitation Programme in Copenhagen

1Institute of Preventive Medicine, Frederiksberg Hospital, Nordre Fasanvej 57, Hovedvejen 5, 1st Floor, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
2Section of Biostatistics, Department of Public Heath, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5B, 1040 Copenhagen, Denmark
3Department of Integrated Health Care, Bispebjerg Hospital, Bispebjerg Bakke 23, 2400 Copenhagen, Denmark
4Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Bispebjerg Hospital, Bispebjerg Bakke 23, 2400 Copenhagen, Denmark

Received 25 November 2012; Accepted 11 December 2012

Academic Editors: A. Celi, C. Flores, A. S. Melani, and K. Nishimura

Copyright © 2013 Ramune Jacobsen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is a recommended standard of care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as it improves exercise capacity and health-related quality of life (HRQOL), attenuates perceived dyspnoea, and decreases the need for hospitalisation. The objective of this study was to compare medical and sociodemographic characteristics of COPD patients who were enrolled and completed the PR with those of COPD patients who were resident in the same municipality but were not enrolled into this PR. The data used for comparison came from the Danish National Registers. The COPD patients who were enrolled and completed the rehabilitation differed from COPD patients who were not enrolled into the rehabilitation in the following: (1) there were more women than men among those who were enrolled; (2) those who were enrolled had higher socioeconomic status compared to those who were not enrolled; and (3) those who were enrolled into the rehabilitation used more COPD-specific medication compared to those who were not enrolled. In conclusion, to enrol more COPD patients into PR, special attention needs to be paid to COPD patients from lower socioeconomic status groups as well as male patients.