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ERS/ATS joint webinar: Rehabilitation after COVID 19 disease

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After suffering from moderate to severe COVID 19, many patients are in need for pulmonary rehabilitation programs in order to regain functionality. As this is a new disease the learning curve around rehabilitation, but also the organization thereof (viral shedding etc.) is steep. This webinar will disseminate the findings from an international task force.

Educational aims

To review the consensus based approach to pulmonary rehabilitation after COVID and provide good practice examples. Provide ‘hands on’ guidance on appropriate rehabilitation programs.


  1. Introduction from the Chairs - 2 minutes
    • Thierry Troosters (Leuven, Belgium) - ERS past president ; Anne Holland (Fitzroy North, Australia) - Chair of ATS pulmonary rehabilitation assembly
  2. The post COVID19 patient : who are we dealing with (questions around screening in ERS-ATS document ; systemic consequences and PICS) - 15 minutes
    • Martijn A Spruit (Maastricht, Netherland)
  3. The ‘ideal’ program for restauration in all lines of health care (including relevant elements from the document and focuss of the rehab program - 15 minutes
    • Sally Singh (Leicester, United kingdom)
  4. Organizational aspects (including knowledge on shedding and logistical aspects of (re-) opening rehabilitation programs including patients with COVID19) - 15 Minutes
    • Linda Nici (Providence, USA)
  5. Q&A with panellists: 15 minutes
    • Win Janssens (Leuven, Belgium)
    • Michele Vittacca (Gussago, Italy)
    • Johnathan Raskin (New York, USA)
    • Stefano Belli (Somma Lombardo, Italy)
    • Daisy Janssen (Horn, Netherlands)
    • Martijn Spruit (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
    • Sally Singh (Leicester, United kingdom)
    • Linda Nici (Providence, USA)


Web-based lectures with time for Q&A.


  • The document prepared by the ad-hoc task force.
  • The main problems of patients that suffered from COVID19 that are amenable to pulmonary rehabilitation.
  • A description of a program and how it is set-up according to the state of the art and adapted as needed according to the setting.
  • A review of the current knowledge (not covered in the document) around the infectiology of the new-Corona Virus as it is relevant to experts in PR.

Learning outcomes

Following this course, participants will be able to:

  • Verify whether their program is set up to international consensus standards
  • Identify rehabilitation needs and possibilities in patients that suffered from moderate to severe COVID19

CME credit:

ERS has applied for an accreditation of this webinar by the European Board for Accreditation in Pneumology (EBAP), 1 CME credit per 1-hour attendance. In case of acceptance, CME credit will be granted upon attendance during the LIVE webinar. Accreditation results will be presented here in the upcoming days.

What is a webinar?

The webinar closely simulates a lecture-based teaching experience. The speaker can interact with the audience, just as in a classroom setting.

This webinar comprises 45-minute lecture followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer sessions. During the webinar you will be asked to share your opinion on issues related to the topic using interactive polls.

All participants will be able to hear the lecturer and see the slides throughout the presentation. As a participant you will be able to pose questions or discuss ideas with the other participants via the text chat facility and the speaker will respond to the questions via the microphone.

Login guidelines

More information will be communicated in due course.

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  • To achieve the best quality, we recommend to stop all other programmes and to avoid downloading anything from the internet during your connection to the lecture.
  • Please also ensure that your audio settings are not set to mute and adjust the volume to a comfortable level.

Target Audience

  • Adult Pulmonologist/Clinician
  • General Practitioner
  • Medical Student
  • Patient
  • Physiologist
  • Respiratory physiotherapist
  • Respiratory therapist

Diseases / Methods

Respiratory infections
General respiratory patient care
Public health

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