Teaching period

4th semester


Learning outcomes

The main purpose of this subject is to teach the physiology and pathophysiology of the respiratory system. Also, emphasis is given to:

  • Description of the physiotherapeutic techniques for the treatment of the most usual pneumonopathies and
  • The physiotherapeutic treatment for patients in Intensive Care Unit (ICU).


Teaching method

The teaching method includes classic theoretical presentations.


Week by week schedule

The theoretical part of Respiratory Physiotherapy is summarised in 30 teaching hours, organised in 15 2-hour sessions, in which student attendance is essential.


Week Unit


Respiratory System Anatomy. Introduction to Respiratory Physiotherapy


Inspiratory - Expiratory Muscles. Breathing Mechanics. Functional Evaluation of the Lungs (Capacity - Volume)


Breathing Physiology. Pulmonary - Alveolar Ventilation


Gas Diffusion. Transfer of the Blood Gases to the Tissues. Acid - Base Balance


Blood Gases and Disorders of the Acid - Base Balance. Ventilation - Perfusion Disorders


Neural Control of Breathing. Defensive Mechanisms of the Respiratory System


Evaluation - Examination of the Respiratory System. Laboratory - Functional Tests


Obstructive Disorders: Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema, Asthma. Chronic Obstructive Pneumonopathy. Bronchiectasia. Cystic Fibrosis


Restrictive Disorders: Diffuse Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis. Diseases of the Pleura


Respiratory Insufficiency. Respiratory Difficulty Syndrome of the Adults


Pulmonary Edema


Controlled Breathing Training. Airways Cleaning Techniques. Respiratory Muscle Training


Ways to Improve Respiratory Physiotherapy. Positioning - Mobility


Immediate Treatment of the Patient. Oxygen Therapy. Humidifying of the Airways


Mechanical Ventilation. Breathing Practice. Intensive Care Unit (ICU)


Textbooks/reference material

In English

  1. Brewis R.A.L. (2003). Νόσοι του Αναπνευστικού Συστήματος. Εκδ. Παρισιάνος, Αθήνα
  2. Ellis E., KeyA.J. (1994). Issues in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy.  Butterworth-Heinemmann. 2nd ed., Oxford
  3. Frownfelter D., Dean E. (2006). Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy. Evidence and Practice. Mosby Elsevier. 4th ed
  4. Polden M.M. (1990). Physiotherapy in obstetrics and gynaecology
  5. Pryor J.A., Prasad S.A. (2002). Physiotherapy for respiratory and Cardiac Problems. Adults and Paediatrics.  Churchill Livingstone. 3rd ed., London
  6. Stephenson R., O’ Connor L.G. (2000). Obstetrics and gynaecology care in Physical Therapy.Slack Incorporated, 2nd Edition, US
  7. Wilkins R.L., Sheldon R.L., Krider S.J. (2005). Clinical Assessment in Respiratory Care. 4th edition, Mosby Elsevier



In Greek

  1. Γραμματοπούλου Ε., Βαβουράκη Ε. (1999). Αναπνευστική Φυσικοθεραπεία. Έκδοση ΤΕΙ Αθήνας (Respiratory Physiotherapy)
  2. Ελληνική Εταιρεία Εντατικής Θεραπείας (2003). Φυσικοθεραπεία στη μονάδα εντατικής θεραπείας (PhysiotherapyinIntensiveCareUnit)
  3. Μπάρλου Πανοπούλου E. (2003). Φυσικοθεραπευτική φροντίδα αναπνευστικού αρρώστου, Εκδόσεις Μίνωας, Αθήνα (PhysiotherapeuticCareofRespiratoryPatient)
  4. Μπάρλου Ε., Πανόπουλος Γ. (2006) Αναπνευστική Φυσικοθεραπεία σε Πνευμονικές και μη παθήσεις. ΕκδόσειςΣάλτο, Αθήνα (Respiratory Physiotherapy in Pulmonary and not Diseases)
  5. Παπαδοπούλου Χ. (2008). Αναπνευστική Φυσικοθεραπεία.  Έκδοση ΑΤΕΙ Θεσ/νίκης (RespiratoryPhysiotherapy)
  6. Μυριανθεύς Π., Μπαλτόπουλος Γ. (2005). Μηχανική υποστήριξη της αναπνοής, Ιατρικές εκδόσεις Πασχαλίδης,  Αθήνα (MechanicalBreathingSupport)
  7. Reid W.D., Chung F. (2009). Κλινική Προσέγγιση στην Καρδιοαναπνευστική Φυσικοθεραπεία. (Μετάφραση Αγγλικής Έκδοσης) Ιατρικές Εκδόσεις Πασχαλίδης, Αθήνα (ClinicalApproachinCardiopulmonaryPhysiotherapy)
  8. Chapman S., Robinson G., Stradling J., West S. (2007). Oxford ΕγχειρίδιοΠνευμονολογίας (ΜετάφρασηΑγγλικήςΈκδοσης) ΙατρικέςΕκδόσειςΠασχαλίδης, Αθήνα (OxfordManualofPneumology)



Assessment of the theoretical part of Respiratory Physiotherapy takes place in the end of the semester and has 2 examination periods. In case somebody fails in the 1st exam, they may take the 2nd. If they fail twice, they have to attend the module/subject again. The examination students take is consisted of open and closed type questions. The final grade of the subject derives from the average of the theoretical and laboratory part and has to be 5 out of 10 or higher. Nevertheless, the students need to achieve 5 out of 10 for each of the parts to consider the subject passed. The examination’s duration is 2 hours. After passing the theoretical and laboratory part, the students are awarded with 5 ECTS credits.

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