R. : A pulmonary rehabilitation program should last at least six weeks. However, in the case of an intrahospital program, a shorter period is possible. A maintenance program done at home or in a health centre is indispensable at the end of the structured program.
R. : It is very difficult to recommend a start-up budget. A lot depends upon the scope of the program that one wishes to establish. However, it's worthwhile knowing that a program can be set up with a very small team: one practitioner and one patient will do. If needed, one can call upon the members of an interdisciplinary team. And, in terms of equipment, it's possible to achieve the key goals with very limited resources: a hallway to walk in, a gym mat, free weights, etc.
R. : It's important to be attentive to the following signs and symptoms:
R. : Patients with the following problems should be excluded from a pulmonary rehabilitation program:
It should however be noted that patients with a neurological or musculoskeletal disorder, as well as those with an unstable cardiovascular disease (e.g.: angina) should be excluded from the exercise component of the program (temporarily, until their medical condition stabilized), but should nonetheless have access to the self-management component.
R. : For a patient to enjoy the physiological benefits, they would take part in a minimum of 20 sessions, at the rate of twice or three times per week.