RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS: Edited by Magnus Ekström and Morag FarquharInformal carers and peer support in pulmonary rehabilitation: an underutilized resource?Patel, Suhania; Man, William D.-C.a,b; Roberts, Nicola J.cAuthor Information aHarefield Respiratory Research Group, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, Harefield bNational Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, London cSchool of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK Correspondence to Suhani Patel, Research Physiologist, Harefield Respiratory Research Group, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Harefield Hospital, Hill End Road, Harefield UB9 6JH, UK. Tel: +44 1895 828851; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care: September 2020 - Volume 14 - Issue 3 - p 213-218 doi: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000517 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review The aim of this review is to discuss the recent literature relating to the involvement of informal carers and peer support in pulmonary rehabilitation. Recent findings Informal carers and peer support have been identified by both patients and healthcare workers as a crucial component in the care of those with chronic respiratory disease at home. Pulmonary rehabilitation, a cornerstone in the management of patients with breathlessness, is limited in its clinical effectiveness by poor referral, uptake and completion rates. Engagement of informal carers and support from peers may help maximize the utilization of pulmonary rehabilitation. Summary This review highlights the need for more good-quality randomized controlled trials in identifying suitable interventions that may increase uptake and completion of pulmonary rehabilitation programmes. Qualitative studies have highlighted the potential for informal carers and peer support to play a key role in the design of research programmes, and in the delivery of pulmonary rehabilitation. This needs to be addressed in future research. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.