The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1998 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

'THE PATIENT EVALUATION'

Julien M. Roy, BA, RRT

A comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program may be adapted for many individual with pulmonary disease, which expands the patient selection criteria. The first component of a pulmonary rehabilitation program is the individual assessment of the candidate. This assessment sets the foundation for tailoring the program to meet the patient's individual needs and goals. The components of patient exercise, training, or other interventions alone or together do not constitute pulmonary rehabilitation unless an initial and ongoing assessment of the patient is included.

The assessment should include a thorough patient interview and the components listed below:

* Patient interview

* Medical history

* Diagnostic test

* Symptoms assessment

* Physical assessment

* Nutritional assessment

* Activities of daily living assessment

* Educational assessment

* Phychosocial assessment

* Goal development

Assessment is one of the most critical components of a program, a precursor to patient training, phychosocial intervention, exercise, and follow-up. Realistic patient goals are determine during the assessment and reevaluated during the program as necessary.

The 44th International Respiratory Congress Abstracts-On-DiskĀ®, November 7 - 10, 1998, Atlanta, Georgia.

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