Pulmonary rehabilitation is a group of activities that are delivered by a team of different professionals including doctors, nurses, respiratory physiotherapists and exercise professionals with the aim of helping people with various pulmonary conditions to control or reduce their symptoms so they can lead a normal life.
In the UK, pulmonary rehabilitation is normally delivered by a specialist respiratory physiotherapy in a hospital or community setting. The programme could be delivered on a 1 to 1 basis or in a group format normally lasts between four and 12 weeks, depending on local provision. When this has been completed you might be referred to a long-term maintenance programme. This is held in the community by an exercise professional who has had special training in delivering exercise to patients with chronic respiratory diseases. This programme normally consists of an exercise class, which aims to promote long-term good health behaviours.