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Submitted by: Jane Lindsay, BScPT, CRE
How do your patients find a respiratory rehabilitation program? For many programs, patients need a referral….but how do patients know to advocate for themselves, if their health care provider doesn’t initiate a referral? How do they find out for themselves where programs are located?
Patients can find out about services in their area by using The Lung Association – Ontario website, www.lungontario.ca/we-can-help/community-support/. In the “Support programs and groups” section you will find a list of support groups (but not Pulmonary/Respiratory Rehab Programs) in Ontario. To find a rehab program patients must use the “Find a support group or program – national” section. This tab brings you to the national database of lung-related programs at www.lung.ca/lung-health/get-help. The web site is ever changing. Keeping the database up to date is a challenge. It needs your help to make it as user-friendly and valuable as possible.
You can see whether patients can currently find your program or other local resources by following these steps:
If you discover that a program in your area is not listed, or if there are other limitations, please contact The Lung Association at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Lung Association wants your help to identify issues and improve this valuable resource. We already know that the search option doesn’t always find existing Programs, so please let The Lung Association know if this is the case for yours.
If you would like to see your program such as asthma and COPD education and / or pulmonary rehabilitation listed on the database, please provide detailed information in the categories indicated on the checklist below and send to email@example.com.
Thank you for improving access to pulmonary rehabilitation across the province and helping The Lung Association share your excellent program.
The Respiratory Health Education Interest Group (RHEIG) is a multi-disciplinary group of ORCS members who promote and advance the field of respiratory education, with a specific interest in applying theory in a practical way.