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Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)

Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)

This course includes
55:44 of Course Material (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in March 2020


This online course will provide an overview of pulmonary rehabilitation in people with interstitial lung disease (ILD).

Although there is emerging low to moderate-quality evidence supporting pulmonary rehabilitation in ILD in the short term, it is often underutilized in this population.

Guidelines for pulmonary rehabilitation are extrapolated largely from the COPD population, despite differences in the pathophysiology of exercise limitation and mechanism and degree of gas exchange abnormalities in ILD.

Join the Canadian Physiotherapy Association for this online course 'Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)'. 

Learning Objectives

In this online course, we will:

  1. Summarize the pathophysiology of exercise limitation in interstitial lung disease (ILD).
  2. Describe the evidence for pulmonary rehabilitation in ILD and the current gaps.
  3. Discuss assessment and treatment strategies to optimize exercise prescription in ILD.
  4. Identify ILD-specific issues that may require modifications to a pulmonary rehabilitation program.


This course is a relatively new and growing area of practice for physiotherapists. This course is for any physiotherapist or healthcare professional who sees patients postnatally.

Relevance to Physiotherapy Practice

Clearly identify the clinical problem to be addressed during the session.  Highlight how the information to be presented will improve clinicians’ assessment skills or affect patients’ outcomes. 

Although individuals with ILD have shown benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation, optimal and disease-specific exercise prescription is not known. This presentation will discuss the current evidence around exercise and oxygen assessment, and training strategies and considerations to optimize patient outcomes.


Speaker's Biography: Lisa Wickerson

Lisa is a physiotherapist at the University Health Network in Toronto where she provides functional assessment and outpatient rehabilitation to individuals pre- and post lung transplantation. She completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto with a research focus on oxygenation during exercise in interstitial lung disease.

During her post-doctoral fellowship at the University Health Network and Women’s College Hospital Lisa focused on virtual care and is currently evaluating a mobile app to support pulmonary rehabilitation after lung transplantation.

The instructors
Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.

Cardiorespiratory Division

The Cardiorespiratory Division (CRD) unites physiotherapists with a special interest in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. We provide a valuable forum for our members to share information relevant to working with clients across the lifespan and in all areas of cardiorespiratory.

To facilitate knowledge sharing and encourage networking, we produce our newsletter, the Gas Exchange, three times per year and relay information on job opportunities, online resources, courses and other educational events.

Course Material included in this course
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Outcome and Exercise Assessment
  • Exercise Training Strategy
  • Oxygen
  • Conclusion
  • Questions
  • Feedback

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