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Jennifer Audette


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Chronic lower respiratory diseases, mainly chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), represent a significant economic burden to the healthcare system and are among the top three leading causes of death in the United States. An acute exacerbation of chronic pulmonary disorder (AECOPD) is a worsening of the respiratory symptoms associated with COPD including dyspnea, increased sputum production, cough, and airway obstruction. Frequent AECOPD influences psychological status and may worsen comorbid anxiety, depression, and increase distress levels. As a result, motivation, mood, and participation in therapy may also be affected. Most exacerbations may be treated effectively on an outpatient basis. A fraction of episodes escalate in severity, resulting in respiratory failure and intensive care or specialty hospital admission. The purpose of this case report is to describe the use of video and mobile applications to promote distress relief during the rehabilitation of a patient with respiratory failure secondary to AECOPD in an LTACH setting.

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Using Video And Mobile Applications To Manage Distress Following Acute COPD Exacerbation With Respiratory Failure: A Case Report