Importance of Patients and
Their Relatives Education
Some airway clearance treatments can be complicated and time consuming, leading to issues with adherence to the treatment plan.
Treatment adherence has been shown to be low in bronchiectasis and affects important health outcomes including exacerbations.
The negative consequences linked to poor 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*:
Importance of Caregivers and Students Education
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, there are known limitations to this approach as it is dependent on the ability of clinical facilities and educators to manage large numbers of students seeking a similar interactive patient experience, and can be demanding on clinician time.
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.*
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