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Can exercise replace airway clearance techniques in cystic fibrosis? A survey of patients and healthcare professionals

Rowbotham, N.J.; Smith, S.J.; Davies, G.; Daniels, T.; Elliott, Z.C.; Gathercole, K.; Rayner, O.C.; Smyth, A.R.

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Authors

N.J. Rowbotham

STUART SMITH stuart.smith@nottingham.ac.uk
Clinical Associate Professor

G. Davies

T. Daniels

Z.C. Elliott

K. Gathercole

O.C. Rayner

A.R. Smyth



Abstract

Airway clearance techniques (ACTs) are recommended in cystic fibrosis (CF) to prevent accumulation of secretions and lung infection. “Can exercise replace chest physiotherapy for people with CF?” is one of the CF community's top 10 research questions. We conducted an online survey of the CF community to gather data on current ACT use, recommendations, reported adherence levels and exercise strategies used. There were 488 respondents: 194 (40%) people with CF (pwCF), 141 (29%) family and 153 (31%) healthcare professionals (HCPs) (mostly physiotherapists). Only 10/285 (4%) of pwCF do no exercise at present and 163/303 (54%) already incorporate exercise into ACTs. ACTs were omitted by 128/267 (48%) of pwCF when they exercised. Nearly all (110/129, 93%) of HCPs currently recommend exercise to support ACTs. A trial replacing some or all ACTs with exercise, was supported by 80/110 (73%) of HCPs, with an additional 9/110 (8%) willing to consider in selected patients.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 29, 2019
Online Publication Date Nov 15, 2019
Publication Date Jul 1, 2020
Deposit Date Dec 10, 2019
Publicly Available Date Nov 16, 2020
Journal Journal of Cystic Fibrosis
Print ISSN 1569-1993
Electronic ISSN 1873-5010
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 4
Pages e19-e24
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcf.2019.10.026
Keywords Exercise. Airway clearance techniques. Cystic fibrosis. Clinical trial. Co-production. Priority setting
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/3525416
Publisher URL https://www.cysticfibrosisjournal.com/article/S1569-1993(19)30962-2/fulltext

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