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Respiratory physiotherapy: towards a clearer definition of terminology

Respiratory physiotherapy: towards a clearer definition of terminology
Respiratory physiotherapy: towards a clearer definition of terminology
Interventions used in clinical practice and research need to be described in sufficient detail to permit accurate replication. Since words and phrases can change their meaning over time, it is important that authors choose their words carefully and define anything which might be ambiguous. 'Breathing exercises' is a phrase which covers a multitude of therapeutic approaches. Recent randomised controlled trials have established the value of teaching patients with asthma to retrain their breathing. However, the descriptions of the breathing interventions are generally inadequate. This problem stems partly from a degree of confusion surrounding terms such as 'diaphragmatic breathing' which has been variously interpreted. A more structured approach to reporting such interventions is proposed. This approach will help to avoid confusion, and will permit the transfer of those interventions found to be effective in research trials into routine clinical practice.
respiratory, breathing retraining, terminology
0031-9406
345-349
Bruton, Anne
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Garrod, Rachel
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Thomas, Mike
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Bruton, Anne
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Garrod, Rachel
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Thomas, Mike
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Bruton, Anne, Garrod, Rachel and Thomas, Mike (2011) Respiratory physiotherapy: towards a clearer definition of terminology. Physiotherapy, 97 (4), 345-349. (doi:10.1016/j.physio.2010.12.005). (PMID:22051592)

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Abstract

Interventions used in clinical practice and research need to be described in sufficient detail to permit accurate replication. Since words and phrases can change their meaning over time, it is important that authors choose their words carefully and define anything which might be ambiguous. 'Breathing exercises' is a phrase which covers a multitude of therapeutic approaches. Recent randomised controlled trials have established the value of teaching patients with asthma to retrain their breathing. However, the descriptions of the breathing interventions are generally inadequate. This problem stems partly from a degree of confusion surrounding terms such as 'diaphragmatic breathing' which has been variously interpreted. A more structured approach to reporting such interventions is proposed. This approach will help to avoid confusion, and will permit the transfer of those interventions found to be effective in research trials into routine clinical practice.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 6 May 2011
Keywords: respiratory, breathing retraining, terminology
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 350503
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/350503
ISSN: 0031-9406
PURE UUID: 8932beb5-f34f-4986-aba1-ea58ca2225d0
ORCID for Anne Bruton: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4550-2536

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Date deposited: 04 Apr 2013 11:30
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 13:04

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