What is pulmonary rehabilitation?

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program that usually consists of 8 weeks of individually prescribed, supervised exercise sessions plus individual or group -based education with strategies to promote health enhancing behaviours. These exercise and education sessions are based on the best evidence and designed especially for people with chronic lung conditions to help better manage symptoms.

Pulmonary rehabilitation involves a team approach with the participants working closely with their doctors, respiratory nurses, physiotherapists and other allied health team members.  However, in areas where a centre-based approach in a hospital or community centre with a multi-disciplinary team is not available, a smaller scale program can be constructed utilising a nurse, physiotherapist or exercise physiologist and this online education program.