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Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multi-dimensional program specifically designed and individually tailored to give Education, Exercise and Support to people with pulmonary disease. It includes the following components:
  • Cardiovascular training
  • Endurance training
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Breathing exercise
  • Education sessions
  • Goals setting

Who will benefit from Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme (PRP)?

It is beneficial for patients who have respiratory conditions such as:

Restrictive Pulmonary Disease
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Neuromuscular disease leading to respiratory disorders
  • Kyphosis
  • Obesity
  • Lung cancer
Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchiectasis
Referrals may be directed from any of the physicians from the Department of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine (RCCM), who will determine the suitability of patient and initiate the work-up.

Benefits of PRP include:
  • Improve quality of life
  • Obtain more independence and less dependence on others
  • Reduce hospitalisations /doctor visits
  • Reduce respiratory symptoms especially shortness of breath 
  • Reverse anxiety and disease-related stress
  • Increased knowledge about related pulmonary disease
  • Increase exercise ability and tolerance
  • Achieve better ability to perform daily activities 

What happens when a patient is referred for PRP?

PRP is conducted in both outpatient and inpatient settings, as a group exercise class under the supervision of a physiotherapist.

  • Outpatient: 2 assessment sessions and once or twice-weekly exercise sessions for 8 weeks.
  • Inpatient: 2 assessment sessions and once-daily exercise sessions for 8-10 days.
An initial assessment is conducted by the Physiotherapist, followed by prescription of an individualised exercise programme. Upon completion of the exercise programme, another assessment is conducted by the Physiotherapist to evaluate the outcomes  after PRP.