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Information and Patient Support

Can I Offer This Program?

As highlighted in the Essentials Checklist, there are five essential components of a pulmonary rehabilitation program:

  1. Patient assessment.
  2. Patient exercise training.
  3. Patient education.
  4. Program evaluation.
  5. Maintenance.

Personnel and equipment

Exercise Training

The minimum staff requirement for a pulmonary rehabilitation program is a health professional who has the expertise to conduct an exercise program for people with lung disease and who is trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Education

For the educational component of the program, a multidisciplinary team of health professionals may be involved.  The team may include physiotherapist, dietician, occupational therapist, psychologist, pharmacist, social worker, specialist nursing staff, physician, etc.

[For further details, see: Frith, 2008]

Staff-to-Patient ratio for exercise training

There are no current guidelines on the most appropriate staff-to-patient ratios for conducting pulmonary rehabilitation exercise sessions.   A staff-to-patient ratio of 1 : 4 was reported in a survey of 46 obstructive pulmonary disease rehabilitation programs in Ohio [For further details, see: Hoberty, 2001].

For cardiac rehabilitation exercise sessions, the minimum staff-to-patient ratio is 1 : 5
[For further details, see: American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, 2004].

Equipment
The minimum requirements for equipment are shown in the Equipment Checklist.