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Research into Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)

About the COPD Service 

Since it’s inception in 2001, Beaumont Hospital’s COPD outreach service has been recognised as an innovative service, winning awards, publishing articles, and presenting at national and international conferences. The COPD Outreach service comprises of Early Discharge, Assisted Discharge and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programmes based on international guidelines.

The COPD Outreach department is the first such venture in Ireland and was developed by Professor Richard Costello. It is a multidisciplinary approach to patient care and is staffed by Ms. Brenda Deering, Senior Physiotherapist/Co-ordinator, and Ms. Niamh McCormack, CNMII.


Publications / Studies

  • Murphy N, Byrne C, O’Neill S, McElvaney G, Costello R. An Outreach Programme for patients with an exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  Irish Medical Journal 2003; 96:137-140.
  • Murphy N, Bell C, Costello R.  Extending a home from hospital care programme for COPD exacerbations to include pulmonary rehabilitation. Respiratory Medicine 2005; 99:1297-1302.
  • Dunican EM, Deering BM, Ryan DM, McCormack N, Costello RW.  Factors that predict relapse following an acute exacerbation of COPD. (Publication Pending)
  • Over the past year, ethical approval has been obtained to pursue two further studies at Master’s of Science level. Both these studies have been transcribed for master’s dissertation, have been presented in poster format at peer-reviewed conferences and have been submitted in abstract format for possible article publishing in research journals.
    • Acupuncture as an adjunct to standard treatment for COPD patients in pulmonary rehabilitation.
    • Sustained improvement and gender differences using the SenseWare® activity monitor/ armbands.


Professor Richard Costello
Respiratory Consultant