Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Using Videos to Promote Pulmonary Rehabilitation: A Service Evaluation

Cath O'Connor
Cath O’Connor, Clinical Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist from STH Integrated Care Team, is currently on secondment for three months within the Telehealth and Care Technologies (TaCT) Theme (led by Professor Mark Hawley) at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR).  The secondment involves a service evaluation of the use of videos to promote pulmonary rehabilitation within Sheffield.

A series of short videos have been made involving people with Coronary Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) sharing their experiences of pulmonary rehabilitation and how it has affected them.  The videos also contain material from health professionals involved in the service, providing information about research findings and the referral process. 

Cath will be showing the videos to people with COPD who are currently attending pulmonary rehabilitation and also to health professionals in primary care who refer to the service.  Feedback will be sought as to opinions of the videos themselves and whether they might influence referrals.  Referral data will also be assessed to establish if the launch of the videos have an impact on referrals to the service.

Claire Bentley, research associate within the TaCT Theme, is supporting Cath with the evaluation.

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