Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) reduces hospital admissions following an acute exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) but adherence is known to be poor. Patients' illness perceptions may affect adherence to disease-management strategies but to date have not been explored following an exacerbation. The study aim is two-fold; firstly to prospectively explore acceptance and uptake of post-exacerbation PR and secondly to identify possible clusters of patients' illness perceptions following hospitalisation for an exacerbation of COPD.
Harrison, S., Robertson, N., Graham, C. D., Williams, J., Steiner, M. C. M., Morgan, M. D. L. M., & Singh, S. J. (2014). Can we identify patients with different illness schema following an acute exacerbation of COPD: a cluster analysis. Respiratory Medicine, -. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rmed.2013.10.016