Title

Effects of Arm Elevation on Tests of Lung Mechanics in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Publication Date

11-1-1994

Type of Culminating Activity

Thesis

Degree Title

Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Studies

Department

Kinesiology

Major Advisor

Ronald Pfeiffer

Advisor

Genger C. Fahleson

Advisor

Conrad Colby

Abstract

Rehabilitation was originally defined by the Council of Rehabilitation in 1942. Their definition then was "the restoration of the individual to the fullest medical, mental, emotional, social, and vocational potential of which he or she is capable" (American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, 1993). This definition was expanded in 1974 by the American College of Chest Physicians Committee on Pulmonary Rehabilitation to include patients with lung disease. Their statement clarified the best care for pulmonary patients and defined the role of pulmonary rehabilitation. Pulmonary rehabilitation programs were then further defined with optimum sequences of treatment, benefits and limitations by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) in 1984 (AACVPR, 1993).

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