Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - (COPD)


The Living Well with COPD for Pulmonary Rehabilitation programme in the UK was developed by the project team at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and the University of Ulster, in collaboration with the team in McGill University Health Centre in Canada.


The “Living Well with COPD for pulmonary rehabilitation programme” helps people with COPD develop the knowledge and skills they require to appropriately self-manage their condition on a day-to-day basis.

The programme was evaluated across Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland. Sources of funding for the development, evaluation and dissemination of the Living Well with COPD for Pulmonary Rehabilitation include the University of Ulster, the HSC Research and Development division of the Public Health Agency, the Department of Employment and Learning, and the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. The programme has been endorsed by the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC) and the Northern Ireland Regional Respiratory Forum. The programme was highly commended in the British Thoracic Society Innovation in Delivery of Respiratory Education Award 2012.


Improving your Health following COPD diagnosis

The launch of the new website relating to “Living Well with COPD for Pulmonary Rehabilitation” coincided with World COPE Day, an annual global event aiming to raise awareness of COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the fourth-leading cause of death worldwide.

Further Information

For further information please contact: Brenda O’Neill PhD, MCSP Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Institute of Nursing and Health Research, School of Health Sciences, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland BT37 OQB.