Clinical exercise testing: basic principles and practice

Organisers : P. Laveneziana, A. Neder, S. Ward
Faculty : R. Casaburi, P. Onorati, P. Palange, S. Singh
Faculty disclosure

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the principles underlying the physiological basis of cardiopulmonary exercise testing. This will allow participants to identify the indications for exercise testing and to manage the most common protocols (i.e. incremental, constant work-rate) used in clinical and rehabilitation settings. Participants will be able to familiarise themselves with the equipment and methodology involved in exercise testing and to undertake appropriate interpretation of the results. An advanced course on clinical exercise testing will take place in February 2018 as a continuation of this course and also aimed at more experienced users in the management of clinical exercise testing.

This course has been granted 12 CME credits by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). The number of credits that you will receive corresponds to your attendance during the course. Please note that you need to sign the register of attendance each day to ensure that you receive the CME credits.

Course format

  • Plenary sessions
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Small-group tutorials
  • Interactive workshops and hands-on training
  • Case presentations and discussion
  • Panel discussions

Target audience

  • Clinicians
  • Pulmonary physicians
  • Respiratory physiologists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Trainees in the above specialities

Learning outcomes

Following this course, participants will be able to:

  • Review the basic principles of exercise physiology and physical activity.
  • Identify the indications for exercise testing.
  • Explain the rationale, the physiological effects and how to assess and perform exercise training.
  • Apply different protocols for assessing exercise capacity and interpret their results.
  • Understand the physiological significance of cardiopulmonary response profiles in the context of exercise protocols.
  • Become familiar with the equipment involved in exercise testing.
  • Describe and interpret the different exercise variables and indices.
  • Describe methods for assessing physical activity.
  • Optimise quality control and assurance of exercise testing.
  • Evaluate the effects of therapeutic interventions.

HERMES links

Adult Respiratory Medicine HERMES syllabus:

  • Module A1 - Structure and function of the respiratory system
  • Module D1 - Pulmonary function testing
  • Module E1 - Treatment modalities and prevention measures
  • Module F - Core generic abilities
  • Module H - Knowledge of associated fields relevant to adult respiratory medicine

Paediatric Respiratory Medicine HERMES syllabus:

  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Rehabilitation in chronic respiratory disorders

Physiotherapy HERMES syllabus:

  • Exercise training and physical activity