Respiratory Therapy: Pulmonary Rehabilitation, 3rd edition

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About Course #V7311

Release Date: April 23, 2018

Expiration Date: September 17, 2020

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a continuing education course designed to provide current information on COPD patients and pulmonary rehabilitation. Key topics in this course include: goals of pulmonary rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation program and setting, admission criteria, initial patient evaluation, exercise testing, 6-minute walk test, breathing techniques and chest physical therapy, psychosocial measures, nutritional interventions, collaborative self-management and patient centered, cross-continuum disease management. Pre- and post tests are provided for outcome assessment. A list of current references is available for further reading.

Course Objectives

  • Define pulmonary rehabilitation.
  • Describe the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation.
  • Describe the various settings and healthcare staff at pulmonary rehabilitation programs.
  • Outline the initial assessment of a candidate for pulmonary rehabilitation.
  • Identify the components of a pulmonary rehabilitation program.
  • Describe the collaborative self-management skills offered during a pulmonary rehabilitation program.

About the Author(s)

David Chang, EdD, RRT-NPS, is a professor of cardiorespiratory care at the University of South Alabama, Mobile. He has served on many committees and in many capacities at the American Association for Respiratory Care, National Board for Respiratory Care, and Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Dr. Chang's special interest is research and mechanical ventilation. He has published five textbooks and developed an open-source website ( for students and practitioners. In his spare time, Dr. Chang conducts training sessions for students and educators at the state, national, and international levels.

Eileen S. O'Neill, PhD, RN, is professor emeritus at the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Her areas of expertise are pathophysiology advanced practice nursing and nursing inquiry. Her clinical practice area is care of the adult patient. Dr. O'Neill's research program centers on clinical and patient decision making, including the role of technology in improving patient care. She has been published in several leading nursing journals.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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