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Pulmonary rehabilitation

Organisers : M. Spruit, T. Troosters. Local organising committee: I. Vogiatzis. N. Koulouris.
Faculty : A. Asimakos, C. Chrysohoou, E. Clini, F. Franssen, G. Kaltsakas, E. Kortianou, P. Laveneziana, Z. Louvaris, I. Nasis, C. Nolan, M. Panagiotou, F. Pitta, C. Rochester, S. Singh, S. Spetsioti, M. Vasilopoulou, S. Zakynthinos
Faculty disclosure

This course offers the latest insight into pulmonary rehabilitation, bringing together the viewpoints of both clinicians and physiotherapists. Participants will be provided with a comprehensive overview on when and how treatments should be delivered taking into account the latest guidelines in the field, as well as promising new tools and approaches.

This course has been granted 18 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
  • Interactive hands-on workshops
  • Case presentations and discussion

Target audience

  • Clinicians
  • Pulmonary physicians
  • Respiratory physiologists
  • Respiratory physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Nutritionists
  • Nurses
  • Social workers and carers
  • Healthcare managers
  • Health educators
  • Trainees in the above specialities
  • Research fellows

Learning outcomes

Following this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the optimal implementation of comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation strategies for patients with chronic obstructive and restrictive lung diseases.
  • Describe the different components of pulmonary rehabilitation and the necessary tools to assess the efficacy of this intervention.
  • Introduce in clinical practice novel patient reported outcomes and methods for assessing daily physical activity in patients with chronic obstructive and restrictive lung diseases.
  • Implement physical activity measurements to evaluate the patient's functional performance before and after pulmonary rehabilitation.
  • Appreciate the important adverse effects on functional capacity caused by abnormal haemodynamic function in patients with chronic obstructive and restrictive lung diseases.
  • Design a comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation programme, taking into account patients' abilities and preferences, within a health care system.
  • Adapt programmes to accommodate comorbidities and other non-respiratory problems.
  • Propose strategies to enhance physical activity in individuals with lung disease.
  • Appreciate the barriers that prevent patients to enrol and complete pulmonary rehabilitation programmes.
  • Learn how to increase awareness and knowledge of benefits associated with pulmonary rehabilitation among health professionals and patients.

Curriculum links

Adult Respiratory Medicine HERMES syllabus:

  • Module E.1. Treatment modalities and prevention measures

Respiratory physiotherapy HERMES syllabus:

  • Module 1. Assessment of adult
  • Module 3. Respiratory muscle assessment and training, breathing strategies and techniques for lung expansion
  • Module 4. Exercise training and physical activity
  • Module 8. Physiotherapy in the intensive-care unit