News Release

African-Americans with COPD appear less likely to use pulmonary rehab

Peer-Reviewed Publication

American Thoracic Society


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ATS 2019, Dallas, TX -- African American patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, are less likely to participate in pulmonary rehabilitation programs than white patients, even when there are programs nearby, according to research presented at ATS 2019. The researchers said this disparity is concerning because pulmonary rehabilitation has been shown to increase life expectancy, reduce exacerbations from the disease and improve quality of life.


Session: C17 Pulmonary Rehabilitation 2019
Presentation Time: Tuesday, May 21, 10 a.m. CT
Location: Room C146 (Level 1), Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas



Kerry Spitzer, PhD, MPA

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