Cardiorespiratory Assessment of the Adult Patient

A clinician's guide

Edited by

  • Mary Ann Broad, BSc, MCSP, MSc MSc(Critical care), BSc(Physiotherapy), MCSP, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff, UK Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
  • Matthew Quint, Grad Dip Phys, MCSP, MPhil, Respiratory Clinical Specialist, Solent Primary Care NHS Trust, Portsmouth, UK
  • Sandy Thomas, MEd, Cert Ed, MCSP, Dip TP, Senior Lecturer, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
  • Paul Twose, BSc, MCSP , Specialist Band 6 Physiotherapist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff, UK

This new innovative resource aims to give physiotherapy students and those new to respiratory care a simple, easy-to-use guide to the process and procedures used in the assessment of adult respiratory patients.

Cardiorespiratory Assessment of the Adult Patient begins by identifying the scope of respiratory physiotherapy and listing some key aims of assessment with an overview of different approaches. It then goes on to provide a selection of ‘assessment checklists’ for the main clinical settings which the physiotherapist is likely to encounter. Chapter 3 provides a selection of ‘assessment tools’ given alphabetically, including those that physiotherapists may be expected to carry out themselves and those where they only need to interpret the assessment findings. These tools include a systematic guide to the procedure involved (where relevant) and an explanation of the key findings and their significance for the physiotherapist.

In the final section, individuals can apply their knowledge using case scenarios and suggested solutions are also provided.

Part of the Physiotherapist’s Toolbox Series - unlock your key skills! Perfect for use on placement and in the clinic.

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Physiotherapy undergraduates; physiotherapy postgraduates; practitioners


Book information

  • Published: March 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-5197-5

Table of Contents


How to use this book

  1. An Introduction to Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
  2. Assessment checklist
  3. Assessment tools
  4. Self-assessment