Pulmonary rehabilitation is an evidence-based intervention for people with chronic lung disease whose daily activities have been affected by their symptoms which may include shortness of breath, weakness and lethargy.
These programs are designed to reduce symptoms, improve quality of life and decrease health care utilisation and should be part of a comprehensive care plan for people with chronic lung disease.
The primary components of a comprehensive program are:
The goals of pulmonary rehabilitation are to:
Increase exercise tolerance
Improve quality of life
Decrease frequency and severity of symptoms
Enhance self-management skills
Improve mood and motivation
Reduce health care burden for patients and their families
Online pulmonary rehabilitation training is available – Pulmonary rehabilitation training – Lung Foundation Australia