Reference chart of inspiratory muscle strength: a new tool

Published by Elsevier Ltd from Physiotherapy (Volume 100, Issue 2, June 2014, Pages 128–133), the reference chart was declared “a novel tool for monitoring the progress of inspiratory muscle training for physiotherapy practice” and recommended its wider use in clinical practice.

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Reference chart of inspiratory muscle strength: a new tool to monitor the effect of pre-operative training

S. van Buurena, E.H.J. Hulzebos, K. Valkenet, E. Lindeman, N.L.U. van Meeteren

Objective:

“To develop a reference chart to monitor inspiratory muscle strength during pre-operative inspiratory muscle training for patients at high risk of developing postoperative pulmonary complications awaiting coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.”

Interventions:

“Patients performed inspiratory muscle training seven times per week for at least 2 weeks before surgery.” Results: “A new reference chart was produced using a non-linear time trend model with a normal error structure.”

Conclusions:

“The chart is a novel tool for monitoring the progress of inspiratory muscle training for physiotherapy practice. Wider use of this chart is recommended.”

View the Abstract here.

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