Dr. Gail Dechman, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

Quality indicators (QI) for pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) have been developed in Spain and the UK but QI are not easily transferable among countries. This presentation will describe the process and results of a project by a multidisciplinary working group of the CTS to develop QI for PR. The development process was based on the modified RAND Appropriateness Method that included a systematic review of the literature to identify candidate QI before they were sent for further refinement to a Delphi panel that included a patient representative. This process resulted in a comprehensive set of 56 QI and a shorter list of 14 core QI that can be used for evaluation and feedback to improve PR and patient outcomes. During this presentation, the audience will be engaged in discussion of the QI and the feasibility of their implementation in the context of PR in Canada.

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

  • Discuss the role of quality indicators to guide improvement of structure, processes and outcome in pulmonary rehabilitation;
  • Identify the 14 core quality indicators that describe the minimum requirements for pulmonary rehabilitation in Canada; and
  • Support the implementation of a national audit of pulmonary rehabilitation programs.