MONDAY May 24, 2021 (HealthDay News) – About 60% of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) have a pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) center within a 10 mile radius, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society Conference international 2021, which was held virtually from May 14 to 19.
Gargya Malla, MBBS, MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues describe the geographic variation in the availability of public relations centers among Medicare beneficiaries with a diagnosis of COPD. Data was included for 62,930,784 Medicare beneficiaries, 16.5% of whom had COPD.
The researchers identified 1,696 unique public relations centers in the United States. The average distance was 12.3 miles between residents and the nearest public relations center. Overall, 61.5, 73.3, 86.6, and 97.2 percent of Medicare beneficiaries had a public relations center within 10, 15, 25, and 50 miles, respectively. A quarter of beneficiaries lived in micropolitan areas or small towns or rural areas, which had on average one public relations center for every 4,300 beneficiaries with COPD. Overall, 72.8% of beneficiaries with COPD in metropolitan areas had a public relations center within 10 miles, compared to 38.2 and 17.1% in micropolitan areas and small towns / rural areas. , respectively.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s 2017 National Action Plan on COPD highlighted the important role of pulmonary rehabilitation in the care of patients with COPD, as well as limited access to pulmonary rehabilitation services. “Malla said in a statement. “For the first time, we were able to quantify this limited access. The most important step in improving the care of patients with COPD is to increase access to pulmonary rehabilitation, a very cost-effective treatment.”