Dr. Thierry Troosters, European Respiratory Society  and KU Leuven, Lausanne, Switzerland and Leuven, Belgium

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a treatment that is largely underused yet in several subgroups of patients with respiratory disease, it is the best intervention we have to obtain true improvements to patients’ lives. This presentation will provide an overview of the evidence as well as main barriers to implementation. We will discuss how we can make an attempt to move the field forward.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Summarize the evidence of state-of-the-science rehabilitation;
  • Identify patients where rehabilitation must be started; and
  • Identify what needs to be modified in a health care system to increase uptake for rehabilitation.