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S5W-20196: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it will take to raise awareness of the importance of pulmonary rehabilitation among (a) health professionals in order to improve referral rates and (b) patients who may be unaware of the benefits of this treatment for people living with long-term lung conditions.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 11 December 2018

Pulmonary rehabilitation is widely recognised by health care professionals as an important element of respiratory disease care. It has a well-established evidence base for its benefits in helping to support self-management and reduce exacerbation and hospital admissions.

This is why it is already a key recommendation in national clinical guidelines, that NHS Boards are expected to follow.

Access to pulmonary rehabilitation will form an important part of the Scottish Respiratory Care Action Plan that we are developing with the aim to raise awareness and drive improvement in outcomes for people with long-term respiratory conditions.

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland and British Lung Foundation are involved in the development of the Plan from the early stages. We value their expert advice on the best approach to raising patients awareness of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of respiratory conditions.