Study Shows COPD Rehabilitation Boosted By Social Support

A study of 282 COPD patients has found that social support has added benefits when it comes to rehabilitation. The two-year study asked patients who had COPD from stages two to four about aspects of their living including if they lived with a partner, if they had a caregiver, and the number of close friends they had to see what effect it had on their rehabilitation status.

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According to a report in the Clinical Advisor, those who lived with a partner took an average of 903 steps more per day than those who lived alone. In addition, those who had a caregiver were 11 times more likely to have enrolled in a pulmonary rehabilitation program than those without caregivers.

Those with good social support were marginally less likely to smoke and slightly more likely to have had a pneumonia vaccination. However, medication adherence and having the flu vaccination were not affected by social structure.

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Wendy is a proven blogger and social media manager who has helped to build online communities for businesses and organizations. She currently heads the website’s social outreach online through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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