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Setting up a buddy scheme for pulmonary rehabilitation

North East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus’s HOPE specialist service has developed one of the most successful pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) programmes nationally. One element of this service is the use of buddies (expert patients with COPD), who assist with the design and delivery of the programme, alongside the specialist multidisciplinary team. This service has some of the best patient outcomes seen nationally; it won two awards in December 2007. This article outlines how the service ...

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