Date of Award

Spring 2019

Call Number

RM161 .D836 2019

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Sharon Timberlake PhD

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Turesky PhD

Third Advisor

Dan Jenkins PhD


pulmonary rehabilitation, quality of life, healthcare leaders, lung disease, breathing issues, Leadership and Organizational Studies


Lung disease compromises breathing and decreases quality of life for those who have it. The purpose of this qualitative study is to investigate innovative strategies used successfully by pulmonary rehabilitation leaders to keep patients motivated and engaged in completing pulmonary rehabilitation. An open-ended questionnaire asking participants questions pertaining to being a successful pulmonary rehabilitation. The results of this study may help pulmonary rehabilitation leaders to gain a better understanding of the full range of interventions taken by leaders to ensure patients complete pulmonary rehabilitation successfully. This study may help both pulmonary rehabilitation leaders as well as patients. It may help leaders learn better innovative strategies to keep patients engaged in pulmonary rehabilitation as well as motivated to complete rehabilitation. It is hoped that this study will help pulmonary rehabilitation leaders discover more innovative approaches to retain and motivate patients in the recovery process.