The rationale for therapist-driven protocols

Respir Care Clin N Am. 1996 Mar;2(1):1-14.


Misallocation of respiratory care, defined as ordering therapy unlikely to provide benefit (overordering) and failing to provide beneficial therapy (underordering), is common and provides the rationale for implementing therapist-driven protocols. This article reviews the frequency of misallocation of respiratory care and explores possible reasons for misallocation. Therapist-driven protocols represent a new model for delivering respiratory care that is designed to minimize misallocation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Protocols
  • Health Services Misuse
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Patient Care Planning*
  • Professional Autonomy*
  • Respiratory Therapy*
  • United States