Journal article

Does physiotherapy reduce the incidence of postoperative complications in patients following pulmonary resection via thoracotomy? a protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Julie C Reeve, Kristine Nicol, Kathy Stiller, Kathryn M McPherson, Linda Denehy

JOURNAL OF CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY | BMC | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Postoperative pulmonary and shoulder complications are important causes of postoperative morbidity following thoracotomy. While physiotherapy aims to prevent or minimise these complications, currently there are no randomised controlled trials to support or refute effectiveness of physiotherapy in this setting. METHODS/DESIGN: This single blind randomised controlled trial aims to recruit 184 patients following lung resection via open thoracotomy. All subjects will receive a preoperative physiotherapy information booklet and following surgery will be randomly allocated to a Treatment Group receiving postoperative physiotherapy or a Control Group receiving standard care nursing and ..

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