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Research project: Rehabilitation for elderly COPD patients and their families: promoting a comprehensive, integrated intervention based on ICF

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This project proposes to use the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) to characterise Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in Portugal and to evaluate an integrated program (IP) of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) with psycho-education (PE) for COPD patients and their families.

The main goal of this project is to promote ICF’s use in developing a comprehensive program to support elderly (over 64 years old) patients with COPD and their families. Specifically, the project will: i) characterise older COPD patients and families, using ICF checklist; ii) design and implement an innovative comprehensive and family-centred program in primary care centres (PCC); iii) evaluate the program, by a randomized-controlled trial (RCT), using several outcome measures that fit within the ICF domains.

The program will be performed in the 4 PCC of Baixo Vouga. A representative sample of elderly COPD patients and families will be identified via the general practitioners and will be assessed by ICF checklist. A sample of these patients and their families will be invited to participate and randomised to the intervention or control group. The intervention will run twice in each PCC with 10 patients included each time. In total, a convenience sample of 80 patients, calculated based on our primary outcome measure, will be incorporated in the study. ICF based outcome measures will be used to compare the intervention and control groups. The application of ICF will be promoted as routine practice in the Portuguese National Health System, as an indicator of quality.

Thus, this project aims to use ICF in its global potential as8: i) a research tool to measure results, quality of life and environmental
factors; ii) a clinical tool to assess needs, professional skills, functional status, goal setting, treatment planning and monitoring and iii) an educational tool to create integrated programs and increase social awareness.

Project team

Bruton A, Barney A  

Project funder

Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT)

Associated research themes

Respiratory system

Related research groups

Active Living and Rehabilitation
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