The current physical therapy regimens of 108 consecutive patients attending a regional cystic fibrosis unit

Scand J Gastroenterol Suppl. 1988:143:110-3. doi: 10.3109/00365528809090228.


Comprehensive assessment of patients attending the Regional Cystic Fibrosis Unit includes a detailed evaluation of their physical therapy habits and management. The following were analysed during the assessment by the physiotherapist: the frequency of patient contact with a physiotherapist, the techniques used for chest clearance, the exercise habits, the postural drainage equipment used, if any, and the frequency of respiratory cultures. The results were divided into three groups: group 1, 72 patients (66%), were first-referral patients (FR) to our cystic fibrosis unit; group 2, 26 (24%), received all their care at our unit (CFU); group 3, 10 (9%), were attending a local hospital but had had a previous assessment at our unit (PA). For all factors examined the CFU and PA patients had a more effective management than the FR patients cared for by local hospitals, with the conclusion drawn that regular contact with a physiotherapist at a cystic fibrosis unit improves the understanding, compliance, and effectiveness of the patient's treatment programme.

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care Facilities
  • Breathing Exercises
  • Child
  • Cystic Fibrosis / rehabilitation*
  • Humans
  • Patient Compliance
  • Physical Exertion
  • Physical Therapy Modalities*
  • Posture