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Comparison of Therapist-Directed and Physician-Directed Respiratory Care in COPD Subjects With Acute Pneumonia

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In this retrospective analysis, researchers compared therapist- and physician-directed respiratory therapy on hospital stays and 30-day readmission rates in COPD patients with acute bacterial pneumonia. The researchers identified no significant differences in either hospital stay or readmissions outcomes by type of respiratory therapy provided; in addition, protocol type and disease severity did not influence outcomes for either therapy type).

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Citation: Werre ND, Boucher EL, Beachey WD. Comparison of Therapist-Directed and Physician-Directed Respiratory Care in COPD Subjects With Acute Pneumonia. Respiratory Care.February 1, 2015; 60(2): 151-154. doi: 10.4187/respcare.03208
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