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.
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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