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There has been an impressive rise in the number of pulmonary rehabilitation programs recently. This rise is related to the positive results that patients in these programs have achieved. Advances in the care of patients with chronic lung disease have extended the scope and applicability of pulmonary rehabilitation. The multidisciplinary comprehensive approach has contributed to patient success rates. Healthcare professionals from a variety of backgrounds are contributing to the success of these programs. Ideally, the pulmonary rehabilitation team consists of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, exercise specialists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, dietitians, psychologists, and spiritual care staff. These professionals work together to carry out the treatment plan, and to provide the patient with self-management skills and ongoing support. This course provides updated information about pulmonary rehabilitation. The course defines pulmonary rehabilitation, describes the benefits, and outlines the patient’s initial assessment. The components of a typical program are also discussed. The course is relevant to all healthcare professionals who have contact with patients with chronic lung disease, whether in hospital or community settings. The reader is encouraged to use the Resources section of the course book to gain further knowledge of pulmonary rehabilitation.
- Define pulmonary rehabilitation.
- Describe the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation.
- Describe the various settings and healthcare staff at pulmonary rehabilitation programs.
- Outline the initial assessment of a candidate for pulmonary rehabilitation.
- Identify the components of a pulmonary rehabilitation program.
- Describe the collaborative self-management skills offered during a pulmonary rehabilitation program.
Eileen S. O’Neill, PhD, RN
, is Professor Emeritus at the College of Nursing at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her areas of expertise are pathophysiology advanced practice nursing and nursing inquiry. Her clinical practice area is care of the adult patient. Dr. O’Neill’s research program centers on clinical and patient decision making including the role of technology in improving patient care. She has been published in several leading nursing journals.
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