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A Review of Obstructive Respiratory Disease & Implications for Secretion Clearance

A Review of Obstructive Respiratory Disease & Implications for Secretion Clearance

A Review of Obstructive Respiratory Disease & Implications for Secretion Clearance

This course includes
45:15 of Course Material (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in November 2019

About The Course

This session will provide an overview of obstructive respiratory disease and considerations for selecting effective secretions clearance techniques. Specifically, this will provide a review of the pathophysiology of obstructive respiratory disease and a review of the current evidence to help guide the selection of effective secretion clearance techniques.

Physiotherapists help manage patients with obstructive respiratory disease in many different practice settings.  Secretion clearance is an integral part of patient management and selecting the most effective and evidence-informed mode of treatment is integral to ensuring the best patient outcomes.

The Objectives of this Online Physiotherapy Course:

  • Understand the pathophysiology associated with chronic respiratory disease.
  • Be familiar with evidence-informed strategies for secretion clearance in people with obstructive respiratory disease.
  • Be aware of appropriate secretion clearance treatment options for people with obstructive respiratory disease.

Who Is This Course For?

This course is a for any physiotherapist practicing in a cardiorespiratory setting or physiotherapists who are seeing patients with obstructive respiratory disease.

What's Included In This Online Physiotherapy Course?

  • More than 45 minutes of video lessons.
  • Bite-sized information: all of the content is broken down into bite-sized chunks, so that you can easily watch a video on your break, over lunch, or for a few minutes at night.
  • Lifetime access. You can return to this course at any time. If any material is updated or added, you will have access to the new content.
  • Certificate of completion. Once you've completed the course, you will receive a certificate for your professional portfolio.
  • Access to this course is through Embodia, and although some of the content may be downloadable (such as a workbook or slides if included), the majority cannot. This is to protect the instructor’s material and to prevent the content from being shared freely on the Internet.
  • Embodia is mobile-friendly and can be accessed by phone, tablet, and computer.
  • There is no start date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace.
  • You will be given a receipt when you purchase this course. This receipt can be used for education grants and for tax purposes.

Can I Share A Course With A Friend Or Colleague? How Does The Group Discount Work?

Each course purchase is for a single viewer only, and may not be shared. If you are interested in group/staff viewing, please contact us at to arrange a group discount code specifically for your group. The larger the group, the larger the discount. Each individual must purchase separately with the discount code, and agree to the terms and conditions (legal). This provides each participant with their own copy to review at their pace, in addition to the opportunity to interact with colleagues as you all work collectively through the material.

About The Instructor

This course is brought to you by the Cardiorespiratory Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and taught by Tania Larsen who graduated from Western University in 2003 with a BSc in Physical Therapy.  

Tania has worked clinically since graduating at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in London Ontario, with acute care experience in the areas of critical care, cardiac surgery and outpatient exercise training for individuals with chronic lung disease.  Tania completed an MSc in Physical Therapy in 2006 where she investigated the effect of a home rib cage stretching protocol on individuals with chronic obstructive disease.  In 2019, Tania graduated from Western University with a PhD in Health & Rehabilitation Science; her thesis qualitatively explored the psychological and environmental factors perceived to shape the process of recovery from a critical illness from the patient perspective.  

Tania is currently the Manager of Physiotherapy Practice at LHSC.  Tania is also a Lecturer within the School of Physical Therapy at Western University.  Tania serves on several volunteer committees; she serves on the regional education planning committee for the Ontario Respiratory Care Society and is Past Chair of the Cardiorespiratory Division (CRD) of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.  Prior to her role as Chair and Past Chair, Tania served as Education Coordinator for 6 six years.  Within her role as the Education Co-Coordinator for the CRD, she worked collaboratively within the Division to develop and offer several cardiorespiratory continuing education courses and workshops to physiotherapists across Canada. 


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The instructors
Cardiorespiratory Division

The Cardiorespiratory Division (CRD) unites physiotherapists with a special interest in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. We provide a valuable forum for our members to share information relevant to working with clients across the lifespan and in all areas of cardiorespiratory.

To facilitate knowledge sharing and encourage networking, we produce our newsletter, the Gas Exchange, three times per year and relay information on job opportunities, online resources, courses and other educational events.

Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.
Course Material included in this course
  • A Review of Obstructive Respiratory Disease & Implications for Secretion Clearance
  • Welcome to the Course!
  • Understanding Airway Obstructive Disease
  • Factors that Affect Airflow
  • Increasing Expiratory Flow Rate
  • PEP
  • Active Cycle Breathing and Autogenic Drainage
  • Feedback
  • Quiz
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