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Respiratory Physiotherapy is a core area within the practice of Physiotherapy and it is essential that best practice is achieved for the benefit of the patient. Respiratory Physiotherapy has been defined as the physical management of problems or potential problems in patients with respiratory conditions, in order to obtain and maintain maximal function and to minimize disease progression.
This course aims to develop both knowledge and skills in the Physiotherapy management of patients with respiratory disorders and to encourage critical evaluation of clinical practice through research. The course will build on the knowledge and skills gained through undergraduate training.
There will be particular emphasis placed on providing a thorough knowledge and understanding of respiratory pathophysiology and management of respiratory disease, enhancing relevant practical skills and providing experience and skills required to conduct research in this area.
This course is run on a part-time basis and extends over a 2 year period. Students will attend 3 days per month for the first year, a 5- week clinical placement will be timetabled for the end of year 1 and a dissertation will be carried out in year 2.
Teaching will include lectures, laboratory practicals, seminars and tutorials. Clinical experience in Respiratory Physiotherapy will also be provided. Specialist themes covered include:
* Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology (5 ECTS)
* Exercise Prescription (10 ECTS)
* Clinical Exercise Prescription (10ECTS)
* Research Methods and Statistics (10ECTS)
* Physiotherapy in Respiratory Medicine (20ECTS)
* Health Policy and Management (5 ECTS)
* Research Dissertation (30ECTS)
An individual research project on some novel aspect of Respiratory Physiotherapy shall be completed. Students shall be assigned a supervisor with whom the research topic must be agreed. The proposal must be accepted by the course committee prior to commencement. Ethical approval for research projects will be sought where necessary. The dissertation will involve regular meetings between the student and supervisor.