The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1998 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

The Education Modules

Trina M. Limberg, BS, RRT, RCP, FAACVPR

Pulmonary Rehabilitation outcome measures demonstrate improvements in QOL, dyspnea, exercise tolerance and decreased utilization of health care resources. How are these outcomes achieved? Education/skills training is vital to influencing and changing behaviors to support a more active and healthier lifestyle.

Pulmonary rehabilitation program staff spend many hours training patients to become knowledgeable, active participants in making decisions for better health. Individuals learn differently, at different rates by varying methods. This session will focus on how and what pulmonary rehabilitation professionals can do to improve learning.

I. Introduction

II. Theories of Learning/Scale of Learning

III. The Initial Assessment

IV. Group versus Individual

V. Material and Methods

VI. What Modules to Teach

A & P, COPD (restrictive lung disease)

Breathing Retraining

Medications- MDIs

Oxygen Therapy

Self-Management and Advanced Directives


Exercise Principles

Secretion Management


Stress Reduction/Panic Control

Nutrition (optional)

VII. Psychosocial/Counseling

VIII. Things that Can Make a Difference

IX. References/Resources

X. Summary

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

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