Impact of Thera-Pep and Forced Expiratory Technique in Chronic Bronchitis Patients
Aim: To study the impact of Thera-Pep and Forced Expiratory Technique in Chronic Bronchitis patients.
Objectives: To find the effect of Thera-pep device in mobilizing secretion. To find the effect of forced expiratory technique in mobilizing secretion and To compare the effect of Thera-pep and forced expiratory technique in chronic bronchitis patients.
Materials and Method: 54 patients were included according to inclusion and exclusion criteria, were randomized by chit method into two groups. Group A (Forced Expiratory technique with coughing) and Group B (Thera-PEP device with coughing) - with 27 patients in each group. All the patients were assessed with Six Minute Walk Test (6MWT) and Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR). The treatment was given for twice a day for 6 days a week for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, effect of interventions were assessed by 6MWT and PEFR.
Results: There was no significant difference in 6MWT and PEFR score in comparison of both experimental and conventional intervention. The inter group values of 6MWT and PEFR showed significant improvement in chronic bronchitis patients. The intra group values of 6MWT and PEFR showed no significant improvement in comparison of the techniques in chronic bronchitis patients.
Conclusion: Both the techniques are effective on removal and mobilizing of secretion individually in chronic bronchitis patients. However, the techniques when compared with each other were equally effective and there was no significant difference between each other.
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