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Advisory Committee Chair

Laura Forbes

Advisory Committee Members

Surya Bhatt

Eric Plaisance

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2016

Degree Name by School

Master of Arts (MA) School of Education

Abstract

ii EXPANDING PULMONARY REHABILITATION WITH TECHNOLOGY ERICA MCCARRON ANDERSON COMMUNITY HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES ABSTRACT Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a major cause of mortality and morbidity in the United States. COPD is a chronic, progressive lung disease characterized by irreversible airway obstruction. Symptoms include fatigue, chronic cough, excess mucus production and shortness of breath. These symptoms often impair quality-of-life. There are many interventions aimed at improving health related qualityof- life for patients living with COPD. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary program exercise, education and psychosocial support. Pulmonary rehabilitation is well established to decrease symptoms in all stages of COPD. However, pulmonary rehabilitation enrollment rates remain low. Many factors have been identified affecting pulmonary rehabilitation attendance; for example, transportation, frequent COPD flareups and comorbid conditions. Increasing access to pulmonary rehabilitation can make a huge difference in the lives of patients living with COPD. The primary purpose of this research is to explore the impact of a smart telehealth pulmonary rehabilitation program in the COPD population.

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