Title

Adherence to treatment in bronchiectasis: A challenge that physiotherapists can’t ignore

Date of this Version

1-1-2014

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

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McCullough, A., & Bradley, J. (2015). Adherence to treatment in bronchiectasis: A challenge that physiotherapists can’t ignore. Journal of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care. 46, 38-46.

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2014 HERDC Submission

ISSN

2059-0180

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to highlight the importance for physiotherapists of patient adherence to treatment in bronchiectasis. This review provides evidence that adherence is important in bronchiectasis as it is low and affects health outcomes. We also show that there are a number of potentially modifiable factors that affect adherence that could be targeted through adherence interventions. The most effective methods of measuring adherence or interventions to enhance adherence are not known for bronchiectasis. Therefore, future research should focus on developing accurate and simple methods of adherence measurement for bronchiectasis that could be used in clinical practice, as well as, developing interventions to enhance adherence that are theoretically derived and able to be implemented as part of routine clinical practice.

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