Remote pulmonary rehabilitation for interstitial lung disease: developing the model using experience-based codesign

Lisa Jane Brighton, Nannette Spain, Jose Gonzalez-Nieto, Karen A. Ingram, Jennifer Harvey, William D.C. Man, Claire M. Nolan*

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Background Remote delivery may improve access to pulmonary rehabilitation (PR). Existing studies are largely limited to individuals with COPD, and the interventions have lacked codesign elements to reflect the needs and experiences of people with chronic respiratory disease, their carers/families and healthcare professionals. The aim of this study was, using experience-based codesign (EBCD), to collaborate with people with interstitial lung disease (ILD), their carers/families and healthcare professionals, to codesign a remote PR programme ready for testing in a future study. Methods EBCD comprises interviews, stakeholder workshops and codesign meetings. One-to-one videorecorded interviews with purposively selected people with ILD with experience of PR, their carers/ families and healthcare professionals, were edited into a 20 min film. The film was shown at three audiorecorded stakeholder feedback events to identify key themes and touchpoints, and short-list key programme components. The programme was finalised at two further codesign workshops. Results Ten people with ILD, four carers/families and seven healthcare professionals were interviewed. Participants in the codesign workshops included service-user group: n=14 and healthcare professional group: n=11; joint event: n=21. Final refinements were made with small codesign teams, one comprising three people with ILD and one carer/family member, one with five healthcare professionals. The final codesigned model is a group based, supervised programme delivered by videoconference. Key elements of programme specific to ILD include recommendations to ensure participant safety in the context of desaturation risk, dedicated time for peer support and adaption of the education programme for ILD needs, including signposting to palliative care. Conclusion In this EBCD project, a remote PR programm for people with ILD was codesigned by service-users, their carers/families and multidisciplinary healthcare professionals. Future research should explore the feasibili and acceptability of this intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere002061
JournalBMJ Open Respiratory Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2024


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