For patients to qualify for the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program (PRP), they will need to meet the following criteria. Please speak with your doctor if you think you might be a candidate for this program.
- Chronic, stable respiratory system that is under optimal medical management. Chronic lung diseases include COPD, Asthma, Cystic fibrosis, Bronchiectasis, Pulmonary Fibrosis and some types of Neuromuscular Diseases.
- Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs) revealing Forced Vital Capacity (FVC), Forced Expiratory Volume in one second (FEV1), or diffusing capacity (DLCO) < 65% of predicted normal within one year of initiating PR services. Patients may still qualify, if symptoms due to pulmonary disease are disabling and significantly impair the patient's level of functioning, even though PFT requirements are not met.
- Symptoms such as breathlessness or fatigue that produce significant disability or handicap. Disability may include significant limitation of social activities, leisure, employment, and activities of daily living or loss of personal independence.
- Patient must be motivated and willing to participate in PRP.