Encouraging greater participation in pulmonary rehabilitation

To help raise awareness of the benefits of PR Taskforce have produced a short information video.

Taskforce want to see more people with lung disease have the opportunity to take part in, and complete pulmonary rehabilitation (also known as PR) as it is one of the most effective ways of improving lives.

Yet while the benefits of PR are widely recognised, many people with lung disease who could benefit from PR are not offered it.

Taskforce video: stories from people with long-term lung conditions about pulmonary rehabilitation


We hope that anyone who has a lung condition and whose ability to be active is affected by breathing difficulties, will contact their GP or other healthcare professional to find out if they are eligible to take part in a PR programme, and what options are available for them.

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What is pulmonary rehabilitation?

Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is a physical exercise and education programme, tailored for each person that can help you stay active if you have a lung condition. It includes information on looking after the body and lungs, advice on managing symptoms - including feeling short of breath - nutrition advice, psychological support and stop smoking advice.

Who is pulmonary rehabilitation for?

PR can benefit people with a range of long-term lung conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, asthma and bronchiectasis.

What are the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation?

Pulmonary rehabilitation is one of the most effective interventions for people living with lung disease. Evidence shows it can lead to:

  • Improvements in quality of life
  • Improvements in exercise capacity
  • Reductions in breathlessness symptoms
  • Reductions in feelings of depression and anxiety
  • Reduced risk of admission to hospital

For health care professionals who work with people living with a lung condition:

Please help us to raise awareness of the benefits of PR. You can do this by:

  • Using this video with patients as part of your clinical practice
  • Getting this video shown in and around your Trust or clinic
  • Uploading this video to social media and promoting it through e-newsletters etc.
  • Letting your colleagues know that this video is available for sharing

Further information:

If you have any questions or would like to access a downloaded version of the video, please email taskforce@auk-blf.org.uk.

You can find out more the Taskforce’s work on pulmonary rehabilitation here. Our lung health data tracker also provides data on PR completion rates in England. 

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9 December 2021