Prior to transitioning into the clinical environment, it is optimal for health professional students to practise the integration and application of knowledge, skills and professional behaviours within a clinical context.*
However, growing student numbers coupled with changes in healthcare delivery mean that health professional students have increasingly limited access to patients, so novel methods of clinical teaching to prepare students for clinical practice need to be considered.*
According to research studies, manual chest physiotherapy has been the least preferred Airway Clearance Technique (ACT) by patients as it is uncomfortable and socially limiting and requires a caregiver to administer the treatment*
However, negative consequences linked to lack of manual treatment adherence in chronic respiratory diseases such as bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis include higher health care costs, reduced quality of life, increased exacerbations, and the potential for earlier mortality.*
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3. Mandrusiak, A. M., Isles, R., Chang, A. T., Choy, N. L. L., Toppenberg, R., McCook, D., ... & Brauer, S. G. (2014). Senior physiotherapy students as standardised patients for junior students enhances self-efficacy and satisfaction in both junior and senior students. BMC medical education, 14(1), 1-7.