Importance of Hands-on Training for

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.*

According to a recent NTM survey of almost 700 patients*:

Patients believe Airway Clearance Techniques (ACTs) Is an important component in helping them to feel better.

Yet, only 31% of physicians recommended ACTs within first month of diagnosis.
All patients engage in some form of Airway Clearance Techniques when recommended by their physicians​.

​Yet, 50% of patients don’t perform ACTs when traveling.
Overall, 27% of patients are dissatisfied with their current Airway Clearance Treatment routine​.
Noise and lack of portability are some listed reasons for non-compliance where 36% of patients say ACT disrupts daily life.

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1. Volsko, T. Airway Clearance Therapy: Finding the Evidence. Respiratory Care. October 2013.

2. An Exploration of Bronchiectasis and Airway Clearance Therapy (Act). (2020). Respiratory Therapy Magazine, 15(2), 30–31. Prince K, Boshuizen H, van der Vleuten C, Scherpbier A: Students’ opinions about their preparation for clinical practice. Med Educ 2005, 39:704–712.

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.