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Physiotherapy assessment of breathing pattern disorder: a qualitative evaluation

Grillo, Lizzie; Russell, Anne-Marie; Shannon, Harriet; Lewis, Adam; (2023) Physiotherapy assessment of breathing pattern disorder: a qualitative evaluation. BMJ Open Respiratory Research , 10 (1) , Article e001395. 10.1136/bmjresp-2022-001395. Green open access

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To explore physiotherapists' opinions of physiotherapy assessment of Breathing Pattern Disorder (BPD). METHODS: Qualitative study using focus groups (FGs) with reflexive thematic analysis and survey methods. The survey was distributed via social media and email to UK specialist physiotherapy interest groups. Two FGs, conducted in different settings, included physiotherapists based in hospital outpatients/community, private practice and higher education. RESULTS: One-hundred-and-three physiotherapists completed the survey. Respondents identified a lack of consensus in how to define BPD, but some agreement in the components to include in assessment. Fifteen physiotherapists participated in the FGs. Three themes emerged from FG discussions: (1) nomenclature and language of breathing, (2) BPD and breathlessness and (3) The value of assessment of breathlessness. CONCLUSION: The inconsistent nomenclature of dysfunctional breathing pattern impacts assessment, management and understanding of the diagnosis. Clarity in diagnosis, informing consistency in assessment, is fundamental to improving recognition and treatment of BPD. The findings are useful in the planning of education, training, future research and guideline development in BPD assessment.

Type: Article
Title: Physiotherapy assessment of breathing pattern disorder: a qualitative evaluation
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1136/bmjresp-2022-001395
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjresp-2022-001395
Language: English
Additional information: © Author(s) (or their employer[s]) 2023. Re-use permitted under CC BY. This is an open access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported (CC BY 4.0) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10165498
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