Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) make up the majority of patients who are referred to the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program. However, studies have shown that pulmonary rehabilitation is beneficial for patients with other chronic respiratory diseases that result in a decreased functional capacity or decreased quality of life. This would include patients with restrictive lung disease such as interstitial lung disease and patients with neuromuscular diseases.
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is tailored to meet the patient’s individual needs and goals. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines are based on clinical practice guidelines and direct that particular components be included in a pulmonary rehabilitation program.