The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation states “In general, Pulmonary rehabilitation provides the greatest improvements in symptoms, exercise capacity, and health related quality of life of any therapy available for patients with COPD”.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is identified in almost every major guideline for the treatment of COPD. Pulmonary rehabilitation should be offered for COPD patients who have limitations of daily living, dyspnea or other respiratory symptoms and reduced exercise capacity. As the severity of symptoms worsen, the need for Pulmonary rehabilitation increases.
Introducing these important components reduces dyspnea, optimizes functional status and reduces health care costs through improving patient self-management (patient identifies “red flags”) and stabilizing or decreases the progression of the disease. Pulmonary Rehabilitation is also beneficial for individuals with other chronic lung diseases, notably interstitial lung disease, pulmonary arterial hypertension and those who are pre- or post-lung transplantation.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is NOT appropriate if the patient has significant co-morbidities that render them unable or unsafe to exercise strenuously.
Patient must meet ALL inclusion criteria prior to referral
DOCTOR: As the referring physician, you will typically retain responsibility for your patient. We will be contacting your patient within 72 hours of receiving a referral for Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Your patient will receive instruction in self-care and therapy in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. You will be provided with a follow up letter indicating progress of your client pre and post Pulmonary Rehab program. Should you have any questions about your patients care while in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, or wish to have more frequent reporting, please contact us by phone or fax with your request at any time.
Each patient will:
The staff will: