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Primary health care professionals training manual: breathe easy, walk easy (2008)

Author

Australian Lung Foundation

City

Canberra

Type

Report

Institution

Department of Health and Ageing Australia

 

Description

This resource aims to provide primary health care professional with information that can be passed onto patients about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchiectasis. It will also guide effective management strategies and provide ongoing support for patients through the development of effective self management strategies.
The Breathe easy, walk easy training package aims to:
  • explain COPD and bronchiectasis to patients and their carers
  • accurately assess and diagnose patients with COPD/ bronchiectasis and recognise patients who are appropriate to refer for pulmonary rehabilitation/exercise training
  • perform and interpret a six-minute walk test
  • develop introductory spirometry skills
  • guide your patient in assessing their quality of life and treatment goals
  • design and deliver a tailored exercise training program over six to eight weeks which is tailored to patients and their local environment
  • apply knowledge and skills in developing interactive education sessions
  • maintain the beneļ¬ts of the program through ongoing program supervision and support for patients and their families.

Abstract adapted from The Australian Lung Foundation

Contact details

Lung Foundation Australia
Level 2, 11 Finchley St
PO Box 1949
Milton Qld 4064
Ph: 1800 654 301
Ph: (07) 3251 3600
Fax: (07) 3368 3564
Email:

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Last updated: 10 November 2014
 
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