Pulmonary Rehabilitation at UC Davis Health

Pulmonary rehabilitation at UC Davis Health is an AACVPR-accredited program that empowers patients with lung conditions through education, exercise, motivation and support to help improve their quality of life. The multidisciplinary team of specialists provides a wide range of care to individuals and their families. The outpatient program includes a comprehensive evaluation, monitored and supervised exercise, education, psychosocial support and nutritional guidance.

Patients in UCDHS Pulmonary Rehab maintenance program give testimonials about how the program has effected their lives.

Watch a video about pulmonary rehabilitation at UC Davis Health and how it changes lives.

Pulmonary rehabilitation helps participants

  • Experience less difficulty with breathing
  • Increase muscle strength and endurance
  • Improve their abilities to handle daily activities
  • Understand how to use medications and oxygen appropriately
  • Improve quality of life
  • Reduce hospitalizations
  • Decrease depression and anxiety

Candidates for pulmonary rehabilitation

Anyone with a chronic pulmonary disease or condition that affects his/her functional status and quality of life is a candidate for pulmonary rehabilitation, including patients with:

  • COPD (emphysema and/or chronic bronchitis),
    including alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

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    Watch a video about Rockin' Rehab, a singing group of UC Davis Health pulmonary rehabilitation patients

  • Persistent asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cystic fibrosis, ages 13 and older
  • Bronchiolitis obliterans
  • Interstitial lung diseases such as interstitial pulmonary fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Occupational and environmental lung diseases
  • Pulmonary hypertension, WHO groups 1 to 5
  • Chest wall disease such as kyphoscoliosis or ankylosing spondylitis
  • Neuromuscular diseases such as post-polio syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), diaphragmatic dysfunction or multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Lung cancer or lung cancer surgery
  • Lung volume reduction surgery
  • Before and after lung transplant
  • Obesity-related respiratory disease

Program details

UC Davis Health offers an eight-week formal program. Those who complete the formal program may join our maintenance program.

About the formal program

This eight-week program meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Individuals can choose either a 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. class or 10:30 to 1 p.m. class time. Each class consists of exercise and education. The exercise component consists of warm up, flexibility, upper/lower body strengthening, balance and endurance training.

Education topics

  • How the lungs work
  • Breathing retraining and airway clearance
  • Medications
  • Conserving energy
  • Preventing lung infections
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Benefits of exercise
  • Understanding pulmonary function and six-minute walk tests
  • Nutrition
  • Emotional health and well being
  • Oxygen and travel
  • Meditation, tai chi and yoga for chronic lung disease
  • Advance directive and physician order for life-sustaining treatment (POLST) forms

You will need the following

  • Diagnosis of a chronic lung disease
  • Physician referral
  • Recent pulmonary function test within a year of starting pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Six-minute walk test within 120 days of starting pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Insurance authorization (or you may pay out-of-pocket)
  • Insurance coverage information

Please note that pulmonary rehabilitation is covered by most medical insurance plans, however some plans require authorization prior to treatment. We encourage you to check with your insurance provider before calling our team.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic

This program is for individuals who have completed a formal pulmonary rehabilitation program. You may choose to attend on the days that are convenient for you. The maintenance program is available from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. During Summer, the hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. A monthly donation of $35 is appreciated.

Open to everyone in pulmonary rehabilitation

Catch My Breath meets the third Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Rockin’ Rehab is a singing for your health group that meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The group also has about four performances each year at or near UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

OM’ies Meditation group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

We are located at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, 2315 Stockton Boulevard, 6th floor of the North wing in Room 6220.

For more information, please call 916-734-2264