Pulmonary rehabilitation policy

Aim of task force

To improve access to pulmonary rehabilitation services by developing an official policy statement on how pulmonary rehabilitation should be delivered worldwide.

Patient input

A small working group of patients were asked to contribute to the development of the survey. People affected by the condition were invited to share their experiences via an online survey.

The survey findings were published in the European Respiratory Journal in 2015: The patient perspective on challenges to participating in pulmonary rehabilitation: An international web-based survey.

A poster discussion on the patients’ feedback was given at ERS International Congress 2015, and a presentation at the Guideline International Network Conference 2015.


The patient feedback is referenced in the guideline document.

The full guidelines are published as a paper in the American Thoracic Society Blue Journal and available on the ERS e-learning site.