Training in Multiple Breath Washout testing for respiratory physiotherapists

Katherine O'Neill, J. Stuart Elborn, Michael M. Tunney, Philip O'Neill, Stephen Rowan, Susan Martin, Judy M. Bradley

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The development of multiple breath washout (MBW) testing in respiratory disease highlights the need for increased awareness amongst respiratory physiotherapists and a potential opportunity for professional development in the use of an important outcome measure for clinical trials.

To rationalise how MBW may be a useful assessment tool for respiratory physiotherapists and to describe a local MBW training and certification programme for physiotherapists.

The respiratory Multi-Disciplinary Team in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) identified a need for MBW testing to be available to facilitate clinical research and assessment. A 2 day training programme consisting of pre-reading preparation, self-directed learning, theory presentations, practical demonstrations and hands-on practice was developed and delivered. All participants underwent a certification process.
Conclusion: We have demonstrated the successful training and certification of clinical and research physiotherapists and encourage other respiratory physiotherapists to consider MBW test training.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-66
Issue number1
Early online date25 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


  • Training
  • Multiple Breath Washout
  • respiratory
  • physiotherapists


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