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Pulmonary Rehabilitation


The WBPCN Telehealth Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program provides patients with chronic lung problems the ability to better manage their disease through clinically-supervised exercise and education services. Ask your local family physician if you would benefit from participation.

The program duration is 8 weeks, with two sessions each week. Follow-up care and participation in other programs at the WBPCN without further referrals is also possible; your clinicians will work with you to determine an ongoing care plan that is best suited to your needs and interests.

The intent of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is to help you to:

  • Increase your level of exercise and thereby diminish any disabilities you may have due to your chronic lung problems,
  • Improve your compliance with your recommended treatments, as well as early treatment of any exacerbations, in order to decrease the risk of hospitalization,
  • Decrease the frequency and severity of your symptoms,
  • Improve your mood and motivation,
  • Increase your autonomy through a more effective daily management of your disease,
  • Improve your participation in daily activities, and improve your quality of life.

Program Components

Exercise (2 hours each session)

Exercises are tailored to your individual capabilities and needs; they include warm-ups, stretches, breathing techniques, muscle strengthening, and endurance through utilizing weights, stationary bicycles, treadmills, and walking.

Your oxygen level and heart rate will be carefully monitored by your clinicians during all physical activities. We keep our class sizes small to ensure that you receive individual attention and can progress through the program safely.

Education (1 hour each session)

Educational sessions are presented via Telehealth, a group videoconference connecting patients and care providers at the WBPCN in Fort McMurray with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals from the G.F. MacDonald Centre for Lung Health in Edmonton. One family member or personal support (friend, etc.) may accompany you during the education session (11:30-12:30) if space permits. Topics will cover: conserving energy, breathing techniques, coping with fear, anger, and stress, relaxation strategies, choosing healthy foods, and the importance of exercise.

To participate in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, ask your Family Physician if you are eligible for a referral. Feel free to call us for more information:

(780) 714-2193‚Äč