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Aims & Objectives


The aims of the education component of a pulmonary rehabilitation program are to:

  • Promote behaviour change
  • Provide information to help enhance physical fitness and increase physical activity
  • Improve the patient’s quality of life.
  • Increase the patient’s ability to cope with the acute and chronic phases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • Reduce the length of stay in hospital.
  • Reduce hospital admissions.
  • Optimise nutritional status.
  • Improve mental health status


In terms of learning objectives, the education component of a pulmonary rehabilitation program should assist participants to acquire:

  • Self-management skills.
  • Knowledge of respiratory illnesses, risk factors, symptom recognition and management.
  • An understanding of the role of exercise and physical activity and knowledge of appropriate modes of exercise.
  • Knowledge regarding the correct and appropriate use of medications including oxygen therapy.
  • Emotional management skills.
  • Breathing control skills.
  • A means of improving quality of life.
  • The ability to develop action plans in consultation with a health professional.
  • Knowledge of primary, secondary and tertiary care options, including community support services.
  • Understanding of importance of nutrition and maintaining good nutritional status.