Multidisciplinary Course Addresses Pulmonary Disease Education

 Updated: April 20, 2017

educatorAs more and more focus is placed on reducing hospital readmissions, respiratory therapists are increasingly working with the multidisciplinary team to provide pulmonary disease management services.

In collaboration with several other organizations, the AARC is launching a Pulmonary Disease Educator Course aimed at covering key components of pulmonary disease education for COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and cystic fibrosis.

The multidisciplinary course will be held March 16 and 17 in Washington, DC, just prior to the AARC’s annual Capitol Hill Advocacy Day.

Developed in conjunction with the Allergy and Asthma Network: Mothers of Asthmatics, COPD Foundation, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the 12.45 CRCE course is designed to improve pulmonary disease care delivered by all the members of the interprofessional team.

“Our patients with chronic pulmonary disease require more rounded clinicians who are able to assess and determine their individual needs,” says AARC CEO and Executive Director Thomas Kallstrom, MBA, RRT, FAARC. “By collaborating on this course, the AARC and our partner organizations are ensuring that everyone on the team has access to the same high quality education that can lead to improved patient self-management of chronic pulmonary disease.”

The course will specifically focus on pulmonary disease education for patients with COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and cystic fibrosis, and will also provide instruction on pulmonary function technology, tobacco cessation, pulmonary rehabilitation, patient education, and many other vital areas of effective pulmonary disease management.

Faculty for the session include leading professionals in pulmonary disease education from across the country, who will guide attendees through the course material and help them develop the interprofessional skills needed to ensure quality educational experiences for patients with chronic respiratory conditions.