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Guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs-4th Edition

Guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs-4th Edition

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    In recent years, the climate surrounding the development and implementation of pulmonary rehabilitation programs has continued to evolve. Legal changes regarding program funding, compensation, and staffing are more dependent on effective certified pulmonary rehabilitation programming. To help those programs develop and succeed, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) has updated the Guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs to address the credentialing requirements.

    This revised fourth edition presents the most current best practices for the application of this complex and evolving clinical intervention. It discusses the individuated and interrelated components of pulmonary rehabilitation, including initial and ongoing assessment, collaborative self-management education, exercise training, psychosocial support, and outcomes measurement. This text also provides a scientific, practical framework to help practitioners do the following:

    • Understand the current requirements for accrediting pulmonary-based facilities
    • Design, implement, or update accredited pulmonary rehabilitation programs
    • Deliver optimal care to people with symptomatic respiratory needs
    • Address program issues in exercise, outcomes, and management of pulmonary-based programs

    Guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs, Fourth Edition, is based on the most current scientific evidence and includes contributions from expert pulmonary rehabilitation professionals in nursing, medicine, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, and exercise physiology. In the fourth edition, readers will find significant updates and expanded discussion on the topic of psychosocial assessment. The fourth edition also includes a dedicated chapter detailing the AACVPR program certification process. In addition, readers will have access to updated appendixes, including a comprehensive set of forms, guidelines, questionnaires, and assessment tools.

    With continued advancements in the science, application, and credentialing of pulmonary rehabilitation programs, the fourth edition of Guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs will assist practitioners in remaining up to date on the best practices in the field. This edition will become a valuable tool in assisting practitioners in understanding the components of pulmonary rehabilitation and applying best practices as well as updating and improving their existing programs to meet AACVPR certification requirements.


    A reference for program development and certification guidance for AACVPR member pulmonary rehabilitation specialists, nonaffiliated pulmonary rehabilitation specialists, and pulmonary program directors.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Overview of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    Positioning Pulmonary Rehabilitation Within COPD Guidelines
    Rationale for Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    ACCP/AACVPR Evidence-Based Guidelines on Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Integrated Care of the Respiratory Patient
    History of Pulmonary Rehabilitation

    Chapter 2. Selecting and Assessing the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Candidate
    Patient Selection
    Patient Assessment
    Rehabilitation Potential

    Chapter 3. Collaborative Self-Management Education
    Developing an Individualized Education Program
    Educational Content

    Chapter 4. Exercise Assessment and Training
    Exercise Assessment
    Walk Distance Tests (WDTs)
    Incremental Maximal Exercise Tests (IMETs)
    Submaximal Exercise Test
    Exercise Assessment Equipment
    Functional Performance Assessment
    Exercise Training in Chronic Lung Disease
    Principles of Exercise Training
    Upper- and Lower-Extremity Training
    Strength Training
    Flexibility, Posture, and Body Mechanics
    Respiratory Muscle Training
    Emergency Procedures
    Documenting the Evaluation and Treatment Session
    Home Exercise Program

    Chapter 5. Psychosocial Assessment and Intervention
    Prevalence of Psychosocial Concerns
    Assessment of Psychosocial Concerns
    Interventions for Psychosocial Concerns
    Interventions for Other Psychological Concerns

    Chapter 6. Patient-Centered Outcomes
    Timing and Analyzing Outcomes
    Common Outcome Measures

    Chapter 7. Disease-Specific Approaches in Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Interstitial Lung Disease
    Obesity-Related Respiratory Disorders
    Pulmonary Hypertension
    Chest Wall and Neuromuscular Disorders
    Lung Cancer
    Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the Surgical Patient
    Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
    Lung Transplantation
    Patients With Coexisting Respiratory and Cardiac Disease

    Chapter 8. Program Management
    Interdisciplinary Team
    Program Content and Structure
    Administrative Aspects of Program Management
    Postrehabilitation Maintenance
    Strategies for Program Success

    Chapter 9. AACVPR Pulmonary Rehabilitation Certification
    Resources for Certification
    Certification Process
    Staffing Ratios for Exercise
    Documentation Overview

    Appendix A. Forms, Questionnaires, and Assessments
    Appendix B. American Thoracic Society Statement: Guidelines for the 6-Minute Walk Test
    Appendix C. Clinical Competency Guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation Professionals
    Appendix D. Examples of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs That Meet 2, 3, and 5 Days a Week
    Appendix E. Example of a Typical Pulmonary Rehabilitation Facility
    Appendix F. Pulmonary Rehabilitation Skills and Competency Assessment

    About the AACVPR
    Membership Application

    About the Author

    The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients and their families by reducing morbidity, mortality, and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research, and disease management. AACVPR is a multidisciplinary professional association composed of health professionals who serve in the field of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. AACVPR also provides educational and professional development opportunities to its members, which include cardiovascular and pulmonary physicians, nurses, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, behavioral scientists, respiratory therapists, and nutritionists.


    “This is the bible for pulmonary rehabilitation programs. It provides the essentials to create a pulmonary rehabilitation program, the tools necessary for pulmonary rehabilitation practitioners, and a how-to for AACVPR certification.”

    Doody’s Book Review (5-star review)