- Physiotherapist plays a key role in pulmonary rehabilitation
- Respiratory physiotherapist also becomes a lifestyle coach more and more
- Scientific fundaments of treatment modalities can be improved
Respiratory physiotherapists are active in a wide range of settings, varying from emergency treatment for patients on the ICU to outpatient care in patients with chronic lung conditions. But not only do they support people with respiratory conditions, they also provide services in the prevention of post-surgical lung complications in case of intensive thorax- or abdominal procedures. Currently, respiratory physiotherapists play a key role in the multidisciplinary treatment of COVID-19 patients. In this narrative review, six international world-leading experts describe the current possibilities of respiratory physiotherapy. Nonetheless, they do register the need for further research to scientifically support respiratory physiotherapy.