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Systematic review
Insufficient evidence to recommend routine adjunctive chest physiotherapy for adults with pneumonia
  1. Sharon Fleming,
  2. Gemma Morgan
  1. Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Sharon Fleming
    Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, Sydney Street, Chelsea, London SW3 6NP, UK; s.fleming{at}rbht.nhs.uk

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Chest physiotherapy for adults with pneumonia: effective or not?

This Cochrane systematic review evaluates the research evidence for the effectiveness of chest physiotherapy with adult patients diagnosed with hospital-acquired, community-acquired or ventilator-acquired pneumonia. The review will interest healthcare professionals delivering care to this patient population. Pneumonia is an important clinical problem, with an annual incidence of community-acquired pneumonia of up to 12 per 1000 adults in the USA,1 and is a leading cause of death among infectious diseases.2 Although antibiotic therapy is the mainstay of treatment for pneumonia, chest physiotherapy is used in addition as it is believed to improve patients' …

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