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Pulmonary Rehabilitation / Department of Respiratory Care


Pulmonary rehabilitation may benefit the treatment of various pulmonary conditions including COPD, Emphysema & Chronic Bronchitis, Asthma, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Sarcoidosis and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

We provide many aspects of care to our patients over a 24 session program including:

  • A clinic visit with our Pulmonologist before entry into the program.
  • Our Respiratory Therapist conducts a respiratory evaluation to determine current disease status.
  • We monitor and progress our patients through an exercise program to encourage independent practice of healthy behaviors and reduce shortness of breath.
  • Our patients participate in regular education classes to gather tools for better pulmonary disease management. The primary goal is continued exercise after completion of the program.

Hours of Operation

  • Includes 24 sessions, 2 hours each, over a 12-week period.
  • Two different sessions:
    Mondays & Wednesdays 1 pm-3 pm
    Mondays & Wednesdays 2 pm-4 pm
  • One hour is dedicated to exercise, while the other is an education session hosted by a BMC staff member.

Education Sessions

  • Action Plans
  • Advanced Directives
  • Airway Clearance
  • Anatomy & Physiology of the Heart and Lungs
  • Asthma & Allergy
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Buteyko Breathing Method
  • COPD
  • Cold & Flu
  • Energy Conservation
  • Exercise and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Living with Chronic Lung Disease
  • Medications I & II
  • Nutrition I & II
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stress & Relaxation
  • Support Group
  • Traveling with Oxygen
  • Treatments for Advanced Lung Disease
  • Yoga


Each patient will participate in an exercise program specific to their fitness level and needs. The goals of exercise include: increased cardiopulmonary endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility. By participating in this program, many patients will observe a decrease in shortness of breath, increase in exercise tolerance, reduction in hospitalizations and overall improvement in activities of daily living.

Supporting Our Patients

Living with lung disease causes physical as well as emotional challenges. As part of the pulmonary rehabilitation program, patients will meet regularly with a social worker for any concerns that may be present in their lives. Several of the education sessions deal specifically with stress and anxiety management to provide the group with tools that they can use in their daily lives to help manage these issues.


Call: 617.638.6117
Fax: 617.638.6114


Boston Medical Center
Pulmonary Function Lab/ Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Newton Pavilion
6th Floor, 6 North
88 East Newton Street
Boston, MA 02118

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Call: 617.638.7480
Fax: 617.638.7486

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