Journal article

Reaching consensus on the physiotherapeutic management of patients following upper abdominal surgery: a pragmatic approach to interpret equivocal evidence

Susan D Hanekom, Dina Brooks, Linda Denehy, Monika Fagevik-Olsen, Timothy C Hardcastle, Shamila Manie, Quinette Louw

BMC MEDICAL INFORMATICS AND DECISION MAKING | BMC | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Postoperative pulmonary complications remain the most significant cause of morbidity following open upper abdominal surgery despite advances in perioperative care. However, due to the poor quality primary research uncertainty surrounding the value of prophylactic physiotherapy intervention in the management of patients following abdominal surgery persists. The Delphi process has been proposed as a pragmatic methodology to guide clinical practice when evidence is equivocal. METHODS: The objective was to develop a clinical management algorithm for the post operative management of abdominal surgery patients. Eleven draft algorithm statements extracted from the extant literature by t..

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