Resources for Patients

Pulmonary Rehabilitation


The primary goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is to help patients experiencing lung problems feel better and implement lifestyle changes. Click here to find a pulmonary rehabilitation program near you by searching the AACVPR Program Directory. Typical pulmonary rehabilitation programs include:

  • Monitored and supervised exercises
  • Education about your pulmonary condition, control of symptoms, medications, and oxygen
  • Assistance with smoking cessation
  • Stress reduction and/or management techniques sessions
  • Nutritional guidance

Those who benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation include those with a history of:

  • COPD (Emphysema or chronic bronchitis)
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer and lung cancer surgery
  • Lung volume reduction surgery
  • Pre and post lung transplantation
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Toolkit

AACVPR and the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF), with support from Boehringer Ingelheim, have partnered to provide you with a brand new, FREE resource that will equip PR specialists and PF patients with the tools they need to rehab from the comfort of their own homes. PR has been found to improve the physical function, breathlessness (dyspnea), mood and quality of life in persons with IPF and other types of pulmonary fibrosis.

This resource created by expert members of the PR community and is designed to be a tool for patients who are unable to attend an in-person program.

Modules Include:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Module 2: Exercise Videos and What is Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Module 3: Exercise Videos and Supplemental Oxygen
  • Module 4: Exercise Videos and Treatment Options
  • Module 5: Exercise Videos and Mindfulness
  • Module 6: Exercise Videos and Managing the Symptoms of Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Module 7: Exercise Videos and Nutrition
  • Module 8: Exercise Videos and Psychosocial Support

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General Resources

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Managing Stress and Depression

Smoking Cessation




Diabetes Management and Prevention