Who is the Program For?
In general, pulmonary rehabilitation programs are suitable for people who have chronic lung disease and who have symptoms of dyspnoea on exertion and/or fatigue. Partners or caregivers can be encouraged to come and provide support.
Specific eligibility criteria are outlined in the table below:
Include patients who have any of these criteria
Exclude patients who have any of these criteria:
Exclude patients from the exercise component if they have any of these criteria:
Transport can be a barrier to attending pulmonary rehabilitation programs. Options for assistance with transport will vary between states.
Examples of assisted transport include:
- Community transport.
- Department of Veteran Affairs transport.
- Local council options.
- Hospital cars.
- Voluntary drivers.
- Car pooling.
- Taxi subsidy support scheme.
- Red Cross.
- Use of project funding for transport.
For those patients who are able to drive to the program, advice on car parking facilities should be provided.