An individual evaluation is necessary for every patient who is referred to a pulmonary rehabilitation program.
Throughout the pulmonary rehabilitation program, the medical team and the patient work closely together to determine the patient's short and long-term goals. This step is essential if the program is to succeed.
The goals should be determined by the patient and one of their next-of-kin even before the program begins. Afterwards, they can be re-evaluated, if needed. As much as possible, these goals should be quantifiable. They can vary during the course of the program, since they are linked to the patient's expectations and needs, which may also change. In order to maintain the patient's motivation and compliance, these goals have to be realistic.