Prescribing movement for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease patients

Thursday 9th May 15:50 - 16:30

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung - and is characterized by increasing breathlessness. Physical inactivity is a key feature of COPA – with exacerbations and breathlessness most feared by patients. Deconditioning from a lack of exercise can start a vicious cycle of decline - which needs to be broken.

Increased levels of physical activity for patients with COPD can lead to reduced exacerbations and feelings of breathlessness and fatigue while decreasing time spent in hospital and bad days. It improves energy levels, balance, independence, strength, mood and self esteem. It allows patients to live well for longer and decreases the incidence of co-morbidities.

This session will explore how Moving Medicine can work to support national pulmonary rehabilitation initiatives and key messages for all individuals with COPD.

Understanding the evidence: exploring the benefits of physical for patients with COPD


Dr Brinda Christopher, Consultant in Sports Medicine at Third Space

Insights from British Lung Foundation: Supporting inactive people with lung conditions to become active


Jenna Peel, Physical Activity & Behaviour Change Lead at British Lung Foundation

Best practice in pulmonary rehab


Professor Sally Singh, Professor of Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation, Centre for Exercise and Rehabilitation Science at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust Glenfield Hospital