Rehabilitation tries to address morbidities and their consequences through education and exercise. Patients are encouraged to become more actively involved in their own health care, more independent in ADLs and less dependent on health professionals and expensive medical resources. Rather than focusing solely on reversing disease processes, rehab attempts to reduce symptoms and make individual more functional
Restore function following an illness or injury, with the goal of maximizing a person’s ability to achieve fullest life possible
narrowed airways (bronchospasm, increased compliance airway secretions, airway thickening, increased cholinergic tone)
“A multidisciplinary continuum of services directed to persons with pulmonary diseases and their families, usually by an interdisciplinary team of specialists, with the goal of achieving and maintaining the individual’s maximum level of independence and functioning in the community”
The benefits are seen in irreversible pulmonary disorders because much of the disability is not from the lung disease but from the secondary morbidities.