Pulmonary Rehabilitation

A pulmonary rehabilitation program is a physician-supervised, evidence based, multifaceted approach to providing services designed for persons with pulmonary disease and their families. A program includes, but is not limited to, physician prescribed exercise, education and training, psychosocial and outcomes assessment. The goals of this respiratory disease management approach are to improve, or maintain, the patient’s highest possible level of independent function and to improve their quality of life. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a multi-disciplinary program and should be included in the overall management of patients with respiratory disease. The respiratory therapist, by virtue of specialized education and expertise, is uniquely qualified to function as the leader of a successful pulmonary rehabilitation program.

Effective 1973
Revised 12/08
Reviewed 11/2011