Pulmonary Rehabilitation


  • Susan Parsons Independence University


pulmonary rehabilitation, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), mba capstone project


Over many decades, several organizations like The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), American Thoracic Society (ATS) and European Respiratory Society (ERS) have championed and have developed comprehensive statements and evidence-based practice guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program has been defined as a coordinated action of a multidisciplinary healthcare team delivering an individualized rehabilitation program to best effect incorporated modalities such as advice on smoking cessation, exercise training, patient self-management, and disease education among other topics. The physical training helps reduce muscle deconditioning and improves the quality of life by combining the exercise training with resistance and endurance training at least three times per week. Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) would benefit from this type of program. COPD can be characterized by breathlessness, frequent cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness in the chest, and feeling tired with exercise or activities which has caused this type of patient to become a frequent flyer of emergency rooms, physician offices, and hospital admissions. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated COPD will rank as the third leading cause of death in the World by 2030 and COPD has already moved into the third leading cause of death in the United States. Tennessee has the fourth highest incidence of COPD in the United States. With decreasing reimbursement of hospital readmissions for COPD and a national readmission average rate of 20% and a Tennessee rate of 23.5%, it has become imperative that XYZ hospital establish an Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program through this project proposal.






Master's Thesis