Pulmonary rehabilitation

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Refer as per routine physiotherapy referral or through SCI Gateway

Key Elements in Management of Stable COPD

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Classes


Individually tailored pulmonary rehabilitation programmes aim to stabilise or improve both the physical and mental wellbeing of the patient by attempting to return the patient to the highest possible level of functional capacity given their respiratory handicap and general medical status.


To achieve maximal functional independence in activities of daily living.
To improve the psychological wellbeing of the patient.
To provide appropriate prophylactic advice and education on life style modification for patients, relatives and carers.
To minimise the need for and dependency on Health and Social Services; and other agencies.
Prevent the downward spiral into disability.

Information on Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Abbreviation Meaning
MRC Medical Research Council
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder
Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 31 August 2014

Next review: 31 August 2016

Author(s): Respiratory Consultant and Nurse Specialist

Approved By: high-uhb.tam@nhs.net

Reviewer Name(s): Dr Murray and Corinne Clark

Document Id: TAM369