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Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The mission of the ATS Scientific Assembly on Pulmonary Rehabilitation is to enhance the development, implementation and outcomes of pulmonary rehabilitation.

We achieve this through patient care, research, education, and advocacy. The Assembly serves as advisor to the ATS on issues related to pulmonary rehabilitation. We work with other national and international organizations toward our common goal of improving the health and wellbeing of people living with respiratory disease across the world.

I. Name

The name of this Assembly will be the ATS Scientific Assembly on Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

II. Objectives

  1. Raise awareness of the value and benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation for patients, providers and payers
  2. Promote and embed the role of pulmonary rehabilitation within the integrated care of people living with chronic respiratory conditions
  3. Increase capacity and utilization of pulmonary rehabilitation worldwide, in collaboration with national and international respiratory health organizations
  4. Serve as an advocate for patients’ rights and care options for pulmonary rehabilitation and effective supportive care
  5. Foster quality research to optimize the delivery and outcomes of pulmonary rehabilitation
  6. Drive implementation of high quality, evidence‐based patient care in pulmonary rehabilitation and supportive care
  7. Promote training of health professionals and researchers in pulmonary rehabilitation and related fields
  8. Foster communication among all health care professionals involved in the delivery of pulmonary rehabilitation and related fields
  9. Provide a forum for Assembly members that facilitates exchange of ideas and mentoring.

III. Scope

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Assembly will:

  1. Advocate for the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in the integrated care of people with chronic respiratory diseases
  2. Support endeavors to optimize the physical and psychosocial outcomes for people with chronic respiratory disease
  3. Support endeavors to optimize the quality of health care provided to people with chronic respiratory disease, including (but not limited to) pulmonary rehabilitation, behavior modification, education, exercise training, self management, symptom control and psychosocial support.
  4. Advocate extending the reach and availability of pulmonary rehabilitation in the community
  5. Provide education and information for health professionals involved in the delivery of pulmonary rehabilitation and supportive care for people with chronic respiratory disease
  6. Promote awareness and provide information for patients and families regarding the role and expected outcomes of pulmonary rehabilitation
  7. Support and promote research endeavors related to pulmonary rehabilitation and supportive care
  8. Facilitate translation of best scientific evidence into clinical practice and healthcare delivery in the pulmonary rehabilitation and supportive care settings
  9. Provide career development opportunities for early career professionals interested in pulmonary rehabilitation and related fields.