The current physiotherapy management of patients with bronchiectasis: a UK survey

Int J Clin Pract. 2002 Jan-Feb;56(1):34-5.


The purpose of this survey was to ascertain which physiotherapy techniques are currently used, how interventions are assessed and to determine the views of physiotherapists in the UK on the need for further research. Senior physiotherapists in 100 randomly selected hospitals providing respiratory care in the UK were sent a previously piloted questionnaire on their bronchiectasis practice. The response rate was 82%. A variety of physiotherapy treatment techniques and outcome measures are used, and there are no national guidelines on the physiotherapy management of patients with bronchiectasis. There is a clear need for research into the effectiveness of physiotherapy techniques in bronchiectasis including a cost-benefit analysis which would enable targeting of resources and the development of evidence-based practice guidelines.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Bronchiectasis / rehabilitation*
  • Humans
  • Physical Therapy Modalities / methods*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities / statistics & numerical data
  • Professional Practice
  • United Kingdom