Teaching period

5th semester


Learning outcomes

  • Comprehension of the basic methods of respiratory physiotherapy for various diseases of the respiratory system,
  • Comprehension of the evaluation and decision making thinking on the appropriate physiotherapeutic approach for respiratory patients,
  • Skills development in order to create rehabilitation programs for respiratory patients.


Teaching method

  • Classic theoretical presentations,
  • Presentations of incidents and indicative ways of rehabilitation,
  • Discussion, troubleshooting and answering students’ questions from their practical exercise in the hospitals.


Week by week schedule

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


Week Unit


Introduction - Respiratory System: Anatomy - Physiology - Kinesiology


Respiratory Physiotherapy


Physiotherapeutic Evaluation


Incidents: Emphysema - Bronchitis


Incidents: Bronchiectasis - Atelectasis


Incidents: Diseases with Reduced Muscle Power of the Respiratory Muscles


Incidents: Diseases with Reduced Distensibility of the Lungs


Students: Incident (Analysis - Discussion)


Incidents: Diseases with Reduced Thoracic Distensibility


Incidents: Physiotherapy in ICU


Incidents: Obesity - Pregnancy - Psychological Factors


Incidents: Lung Transplantation


Incidents: Lung Ca


Students: Incident (Analysis - Discussion)




Textbooks/reference material

In English

  1. “Physiotherapy for Respiratory and Cardiac Problems (Adults and Pediatrics)”. Pryor, Jennifer A., Prasad, Ammani. S. Churchill and Livingstone. 4th revised edition 2007
  2. “Physiotherapy in Respiratory Care: A problem Solving Approach”, Hough, Alexandra. Nelson Thornes Ltd. 3rd revised edition 2001
  3. March A. (2005) A Review of Respiratory Management in Spinal Cord Injury. Journal of Orthopaedic Nursing, 9:19-26
  4. Spruit M.A., Gosselink R., Troosters T., Depaepe K., Decramer M. (2002). Resistance vs Endurance Training in Patients with COPD and Peripheral Muscle Weakness. European Respiratory Journal, 19:1072-1078
  5. Berney S., Denehy L. (2003). The effect of physiotherapy treatment on oxygen consumption and haemodynamics in patients who are critically ill. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy; 49:99-105
  6. Ciesla N. (1996). Chest physical therapy for patients in the intensive care unit. Phys Ther; 76:609-625
  7. Mackenzie C., Imle C., Ciesla N. (1989). Chest physiotherapy in the intensive care unit. 2nd ed. Williams & Wilkins. Baltimore, Maryland
  8. Ellis E., Alison J. Key (1994). Issues in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy. 2nd edition, Butterworth-Heinemmann, Oxford
  9. Polden M.M. (1991). Physiotherapy in obstetrics and gynaecology, Butterworth-Heinemmann, Oxford
  10. Stiller K. (2007). Safety issues that should be considered when mobilizing critically ill patients. Critical Care Clin; 23:35-37
  11. Stiller K. (2000). Physiotherapy in intensive care towards an evidence-based practice. Chest; 118:1801-1813
  12. Zeppos L., Patman S., Berney S. et al. (2007). Physiotherapy intervention in intensive care is safe: an observatory study. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy; 53:279-283


In Greek

  1. Μυριανθεύς Π., Μπαλτόπουλος Γ. (2005). Μηχανική υποστήριξη της αναπνοής. Ιατρικές εκδόσεις Πασχαλίδης, Αθήνα (Mechanical Breathing Support)
  2. Νανάς Σ. (2006). Καρδιοαναπνευστική Δοκιμασία Κοπώσεως και Προγράμματα Καρδιοανα-πνευστικής Αποκατάστασης. ΕκδόσειςΑθ. Σταμούλης (Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Programs)
  3. Νανάς Σ. (2006). Αλγόριθμοι στην Καρδιοπνευμονική Αναζωογόνηση. ΕκδόσειςΑθ. Σταμούλης (AlgorithmsinCardiopulmonaryResuscitation-CPR)
  4. Brewis R.A.L. (2003).  Νόσοι του Αναπνευστικού Συστήματος. Εκδ. Παρισιάνος (Diseases of the Respiratory System)
  5. Chapman S., RobinsonG., StradlingJ., WestS. (2007) ΕγχειρίδιοΠνευμονολογίας. (Μετάφραση Αγγλικής Έκδοσης) Ιατρικές Εκδόσεις Πασχαλίδης, Αθήνα (ManualofPneumonology)
  6. Ellestad M.H. (1999). Δοκιμασία Φόρτισης: Αρχές και Εφαρμογές. (ΜετάφρασηΑγγλικήςΈκδοσης) ΕκδόσειςΠασχαλίδη, Αθήνα (ChargeTest: PrinciplesandApplications)
  7. Hampton J.R. Ταχεία Ερμηνεία ΗΚΓ. (2002), (Μετάφραση Αγγλικής Έκδοσης) Εκδόσεις Πασχαλίδη, Αθήνα (TheECGmadeeasy)
  8. Reid W.D, Chung F. (2008). Κλινική προσέγγιση στην Καρδιοαναπνευστική Φυσικοθεραπεία. (Μετάφραση Αγγλικής Έκδοσης) Ιατρικές Εκδόσεις Π.Χ. Πασχαλίδη, Αθήνα (ClinicalApproachinCardiopulmonaryPhysiotherapy)



Assessment of the theoretical part of Clinical Practice I 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 9 ECTS credits.

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