Rehabilitation for patients with pulmonary embolism

SYMPOSIUM // What are the physical consequences of a pulmonary embolism? How do the patients experience the psychosocial consequences? What is the role of the physiotherapist and what can we do to help the patient? What tools do we have?

In Denmark, rehabilitation is not part of standard care for patients following pulmonary embolism, unlike the case for patients with a myocardial infarction. Health professionals' experience in practice is that the patients have many questions and worries concerning physical and psychosocial issues.

Both on a national and an international level this seems to be an overlooked patient population, and no guidelines exist regarding rehabilitation in this field.

Following the presentations, a plenary debate will discuss the results of existing knowledge and presently ongoing research, including the experience with the patient population of the symposium attendants. Finally, we put future rehabilitation recommendations into perspective.


  • Nanna Rolving, PT, PhD, Silkeborg Regional Hospital
  • Jenny Danielsbacka, PT, PhD student, Sahlgrenska, Göteborg, Sweeden
  • Anette Arbjerg Højen, nurse, PhD, Aalborg University Hospital
  • Jannie Rhod Bloch-Nielsen, PT, Regional Hospital Silkeborg


  • Nanna Rolving: What do we know about the safety and effectiveness of rehabilitation following pulmonary embolism?
    Brief survey of the existing literature in the field.
  • Jenny Danielsbacka: Why do physiotherapists need to meet patients with acute pulmonary embolism?
    Clinical discussion about the role of physiotherapists in the examination and guidance of patients hospitalised with a pulmonary embolism. Including a presentation of the study "Lung function, functional capacity and respiratory symptoms at discharge from hospital in patients with acute pulmonary embolism. A cross-sectional study”.
  • Anette Arbjerg Højen: The psychosocial consequences of a pulmonary embolism in young adults
    Presentation of a mixed methods study, investigating the mental well-being in adolescents and young adults with pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis.
  • Jannie Bloch-Nielsen: From a clinical problem to a multicenter RCT
    ”I am afraid that I will be struck by pulmonary embolism again”; ”Is it safe to exercise?”, ”Who will take charge of me?” These questions and worries are a strong presence in the patients. How do the experiences of patients become an RCT study? A description of how a clinical problem develops into a large multicenter study.

Language: English

Moderator: Barbara C. Brocki

Hent præsentationen fra fagkongressen (Jannie Bloch-Nielsen)

Hent præsentationen fra fagkongressen (Nanna Rolving)

Hent præsentationen fra fagkongressen (Jenny Danielsbacka)

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