Date lodged: 11 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it plans to take to improve the completion rates of pulmonary rehabilitation courses.
Answered by: Shona Robison 9 November 2017
The 2017 Pulmonary Rehabilitation survey, published by Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Pulmonary Rehabilitation Action Group notes that completion of pulmonary rehabilitation is a well-recognised challenge for a number of reasons, including the unpredictable nature of respiratory health.
Overall completion rates in Scotland are similar to those reported elsewhere in the United Kingdom.
Through the Respiratory National Advisory Group we would encourage the sharing of best practice from areas with higher completion rates and recommend that other solutions, such as digital are explored to help overcome some of the barriers highlighted in the survey.