Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Promoting Physical Activity in COPD

The GOLD guidelines recommend regular physical activity in all patients with stable COPD. How we operationalize this is completely unclear. We know pulmonary rehab works but few patients are referred and fewer participate. We also know physical activity, not just exercise, directly measured in the field is associated with COPD-specific outcomes such as acute exacerbations, hospitalizations and death. How do we bring exercise and physical activity promotion to the patient? Can we leverage modern technologies such as the Internet, teleconferencing, webinars etc to promote and sustain physical activity in COPD? Novel strategies are needed.

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Idea No. 1054