AACVPR

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AACVPRAmerican Association of Cardiovascular Pulmonary Rehabilitation
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Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and Certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.
Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR National Certification Committee and certification is awarded by the AACVPR board of directors.
The AACVPR certification is valid for three years, at which point the hospital must reapply and continue to maintain its strict practices in the field.
The AACVPR guidelines recommend an exercise intensity of 50% to 80% of peak exercise capacity in order to provide a training effect.
The AACVPR also established standards for CR and PR programs.
There is an interest in uniform and standardized outcomes measurement at the national AACVPR and its regional affiliate levels (including the New York State Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, NYSAC&PR).
The ACSM12 and the AACVPR (10) recommend that exercise prescriptions in both CR and PR programs be individuated to the patient.
Beyond the categorizations of outcome measures provided by the ATS and AACVPR, it is also possible to separate outcome measures into measurable functional outcomes (6MWT) and perceived outcomes (HRQOL and dyspnea during daily activities).
Furthermore, there is no mention of such an assessment in the Guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs, 3rd edition provided by AACVPR.
A recent update of the guidelines jointly provided by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and AACVPR (2) strengthens the recommendations for inclusion of strength training and unsupported endurance training of the upper extremities in pulmonary rehabilitation; however, the impact of these strategies on perceived quality of life remains unclear.
The first event took place in the fall with a conference call with the AACVPR liaison committee.
If you desire more information on these bills, I would suggest visiting the AACVPR website (www.