A pilot study on a nurse rehabilitation program: could it be applied to COVID-19 patients?

José Moreira*, Pedro Fonseca, Susana Miguel

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(1) Background: An aging population, pollution and an increase in life habits that are harmful to respiratory health, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic, have led to an increase in chronic respiratory diseases. Thus, this pilot study aims to describe an intervention program on the training of respiratory patients to maintain airway permeability and preventing complications. (2) Methods: An observational, analytical, and prospective study was proposed. After the initial evaluation of each user during hospitalization, the program started with two sessions, at discharge for the second phase, and fifteen days after discharge for the third phase. Throughout the program’s implementation, the modified Medical Research Council scale and the Barthel Index were applied. (3) Results: The population studied aged between 39 and 76 years, diagnosed with pneumonia or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, showed a significant improvement in the degrees of dyspnea and levels of functionality, as well as an adequate level of learning. (4) Conclusions: This program positively impacted the patients’ independence by reducing dyspnea and increasing functionality of the patients included in this study. The set of exercises and techniques can be replicated at home and may be fundamental in the management of respective recovery, as well as in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14365
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Breathing exercises
  • Coronavirus
  • Quality of life
  • Rehabilitation nursing
  • Respiratory tract diseases


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