Dr. Tania Janaudis-Ferreira, McGill University, Montréal, QC

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. As a consequence, many pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) programs in Canada and around the world have transitioned to remote delivery models. Home-based and tele-PR programs have been shown to be as effective as institution-based PR at improving functional exercise capacity and health-related quality of life; however, the existing trials have rarely described 100% remote delivery, as usually the assessments were conducted in person in order to evaluate safety during exercise and prescribe exercise accurately. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person assessment of exercise capacity may not be possible. This presentation will provide an overview of functional exercise tests that can be conducted remotely to assess patients participating in a home-based PR program.

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

  • List the functional exercise tests that can be conducted remotely in the context of pulmonary rehabilitation and understand their psychometric properties;
  • Describe the relationship between functional exercise tests and recommended exercise capacity tests for pulmonary rehabilitation; and
  • Recognize how to conduct remote functional exercise testing safely and effectively.

CanMEDs Competencies addressed:
Medical expert, Scholar