Guidelines and links 


·         Abbreviations are at the end.

·         For CSP members, many documents can be found on the iCSP networks, e.g. Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cystic Fibrosis, Respiratory Care

·         No link is endorsed.





Respiratory disease

Cardiovascular disease

Medical treatments

Physiotherapy for loss of lung volume

Physiotherapy for sputum retention

Physiotherapy for increased work of breathing

Pulmonary rehabilitation

Physiotherapy for people with cardiovascular disorders


Physiotherapy for infants

Physiotherapy for children

Hyperventilation syndrome

Elderly people with cardiorespiratory disease

Palliative respiratory physiotherapy

Critical care, support and monitoring

Physiotherapy for critically ill patients

Physiotherapy for Different Disorders in Critical Care

Evaluation of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy




Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care


American Association for Respiratory Care


American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation


American Thoracic Society


American Lung Association


Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists


Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology


British Lung Foundation


British Thoracic Society


Canadian Lung Association


Consent and Physiotherapy Practice: CSP paper


Conversion kPa mmHg


European Respiratory Society




National Guideline Clearinghouse


NICE Guidelines


Oxygen alert card


Primary Care Respiratory Society


Respiratory Futures




American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine


Annals of the American Thoracic Society


BMC Pulmonary Medicine (open access)


British Medical Journal




Canadian Respiratory Journal (open access)




Clinical Medicine Insights. Circulatory, Respiratory and Pulmonary Medicine


Clinical Pulmonary Medicine


Clinical Respiratory Journal (open access)


Clinics in Chest Medicine


Cough (open access)


Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine


European Respiratory Review


Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine


Heart Lung


Heart Lung & Circulation


JAMA Pulmonary


Journal of Clinical Respiratory Diseases and Care (open access)


Journal of Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine (open access)


Lancet Respiratory Medicine




Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine (open access)


Open Respiratory Medicine Journal (open access)


Primary Care Respiratory Journal


Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Update


Pulmonary Medicine (open access)




Respiratory Care


Respiratory Medicine


Respiratory Medicine Case Reports


Respiratory Medicine Extra




Seminars in Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine


Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease (open access)




World Journal of Respirology (open access)




V?A/Q? mismatch, shunting & dead space YouTube clip


Acid-base tutorial




American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology




Journal of Applied Physiology


Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology


Sleep and Breathing




Clinical Assessment






Lecture and sounds:


Gas exchange


AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: capnography/capnometry during mechanical ventilation (2011)


AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: blood gas analysis and hemoximetry (2013)


Capillary blood gas sampling




ERS Guidelines on assessment of cough (2007)


Sputum induction


International Physiotherapy Group for Cystic Fibrosis


Tufvesson E, Ekberg M, Bjermer L (2013) Inflammatory biomarkers in sputum predict COPD exacerbations. Lung; 191(4):413-6. doi: 10.1007/s00408-013-9473-5


Davidson WJ, Dennis J, The S et al (2014) Identification and validation of nebulized aerosol devices for sputum induction. Can Respir J; ;21(2):101-6


Langridge PJ, Sheehan RL, Denning DW (2016) Microbial yield from physiotherapy assisted sputum production in respiratory outpatients. BMC Pulm Med; 16:23. doi: 10.1186/s12890-016-0188-2


Peter JG, Theron G, Singh N et al (2014) Sputum induction to aid diagnosis of smear-negative or sputum-scarce tuberculosis in adults in HIV-endemic settings. Eur Respir J; 43(1):185-94. doi: 10.1183/09031936.00198012


Radiology tutorials


Lung function testing


ATS/ERS Standardization of lung function testing (2005)


Capnography in the critically ill


Peak flow and peak cough flow




Journal of Thoracic Imaging


Respiratory disease


Diagnosis and treatment of respiratory illness in children and adults (2013)




NICE clinical guideline: CG101 (2010)


CAT (COPD Assessment Test)


Living well with COPD


Physiotherapy Works: COPD. Poster for CSP members


Respiratory Medicine: COPD Update




BTS/SIGN British guideline on the management of asthma (2016)


Allergy services in the UK: RCP Report (2010)


Air pollution information


ERS/ATS Guidelines on severe asthma (2013)




BTS bronchiectasis guidelines (2016, update due 2017)


Physiotherapy (New Zealand Guidelines) 2008


Cystic fibrosis


Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cystic Fibrosis


Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide


Physiotherapy Works: Cystic fibrosis poster for CSP members


Snot22 test for identifying sinus problems


Interstitial lung disease


BTS Guidelines (2013)


ATS/ERS Guidelines: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (2011)


     ILD Interdisciplinary Network



Pleural disease


BTS Pleural Disease Guideline (2010)


NICE Clinical Guideline [CG144] Venous thromboembolic diseases (update 2015)




ERS Guidelines: Aspergillosis (2015)


BTS Guidelines for the Management of Community Acquired Pneumonia in Adults: update 2009


NICE Quality standard [QS110] Pneumonia in adults (2016)


British Thoracic Society Bundle of Care for COPD and pneumonia (2014)


Lung cancer


NICE lung cancer pathway (2011)


BTS Guidelines (2011)


Mesothelioma guidelines (2017)




Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


Chronic Respiratory Disease (open access)


Clinical Lung Cancer (open access)




COPD Research and Practice (open access)


Insights in Chest Diseases (open access),%20Issue%201&year=2016&journal=ipjoc


International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


Journal of Cystic Fibrosis


Journal of Lung Diseases & Treatment (open access)


Journal of Thoracic Disease (open access)


Lung Cancer


Respiratory Medicine: COPD Update



Cardiovascular disease


British Heart Foundation


ERS Guidelines on pulmonary hypertension (2016)


NICE Guidance: Cardiovascular Disease Prevention


NICE clinical guideline CG94: Unstable angina and NSTEMI: early management


NICE clinical guideline [CG108]: Chronic heart failure in adults




American Heart Journal


American Journal of Cardiology


American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease


Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases


Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology


BMC Cardiovascular Disorders


Cardiology Clinics


Cardiovascular Therapeutics


Circulation: Heart Failure


European Journal of Heart Failure




Heart Failure Clinics


International Journal of Cardiology



Medical treatments




AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: oxygen therapy for adults in acute care (2002)


Acute Oxygen - BTS Guideline (2008, update due in 2017)


DVD: 'Oxygen Therapy'

Laminated sheet: 'Oxygen is a drug and must be prescribed'


Home Oxygen Service (NHS)


Home Oxygen - BTS Guidelines (2015)


Home Oxygen AARC Guidelines (2007)


IMPRESS Guidelines: rationalising oxygen use


Oxygen Alert card


Oxygen prescription


Oxygen therapy YouTube clip


Patient Group Directions


Respiratory drugs


British National Formulary


Guide to inhalers




Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery


Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics



Physiotherapy for loss of lung volume


Guidelines for Respiratory Physiotherapy: ACPRC/BTS (2009) Guidelines for the physiotherapy management of the adult, medical, spontaneously breathing patient. Thorax; 64:Suppl.1


AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: incentive spirometry (2011)


AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: Intermittent positive pressure breathing (2003)


Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing YouTube clips




ACPRC Journal


ACPRC Respiratory Review


Archives of Physiotherapy


Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal


Indian Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (open access)


Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy


Journal of Physiotherapy


Physical Therapy




Physiotherapy Canada



Physiotherapy for sputum retention




DVD on humidification, and booklet Restoring Natural Balance


AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: Humidification during invasive and noninvasive mechanical ventilation (2012)


Airway clearance


AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: effectiveness of nonpharmacologic airway clearance therapies in hospitalized patients (2013)


Acapella protocol


Acapella YouTube clip


Flutter protocol


Flutter YouTube clip




Cough Assist - NICE evidence


Cough Assist - PP presentation


Cough Assist - YouTube clip


NICE Clinical Guideline 40: Urinary incontinence pullout


Physiotherapy Works: Urinary Incontinence poster (CSP members)




Guedel airway insertion - YouTube clip


Nasopharyngeal airway insertion


Nasopharyngeal suction protocol


Nasopharyngeal suction protocol


AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: nasotracheal suctioning (2004)









Physiotherapy for increased work of breathing


Breathless management


Assessment and Palliative Management of Dyspnea Crisis. American Thoracic Society workshop report


Addenbrooke protocol


NICE Clinical Knowledge Summary (2010)


Non-invasive ventilation


AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: long-term invasive mechanical ventilation in the home (2007)


BTS/ICS Guidelines for the Ventilatory Management of Acute Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure in Adults (2016)


BTS/RCP/ICS Guideline (2016)


Non-invasive ventilators



Pulmonary rehabilitation


ACCP/AACVPR evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (2007)


BTS Guideline on Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Adults (2016)


Exercise tests - 6-minute walk test


Exercise tests - other


Respiratory muscle trainer - PowerBreathe (UK NHS prescription PIP Code 232-1040)


Respiratory muscle trainer - YouTube clip


Smoking cessation guidelines,-maternity-and-mental-health-services/




Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention


Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Critical Reviews in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine


Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports


Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention



Physiotherapy for people with cardiovascular disorders


Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cardiac Rehabilitation


NICE Evidence Search - role of physiotherapy in cardiac rehabilitation


Physiotherapy Works: cardiac rehab: poster (CSP members)


World Confederation for Physical Therapy - cardiovascular disease





Cough Lok (coughing aid for postoperative patients)


NICE (2005) Lung volume reduction surgery for advanced emphysema [PG114]


NICE (2006) Living donor lung transplantation for end-stage lung disease [IPG170]




Standards for the care of adult patients with a temporary tracheostomy (2014). Intensive Care Society


Aquatic therapy for clients with a tracheostomy (CSP members)


Tracheostomy safety project:


Tracheostomy weaning




American Journal of Surgery


Annals of Thoracic Surgery


Head and Neck


Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation


British Journal of Surgery



Physiotherapy for infants


AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: Capillary blood gas sampling for neonatal and pediatric patients (2001)


AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: Transcutaneous blood gas monitoring for neonatal and pediatric patients (2012)


AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: Infant/toddler pulmonary function tests (2008)


AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: Application of continuous positive airway pressure to neonates via nasal prongs, or nasopharyngeal tube, or nasal mask (2004)


British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health


NICE interventional procedure guidance: extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in post neonatal children (IPG38)



Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal edition



Physiotherapy for children


Nasopharyngeal airway insertion


NICE Guideline (2015) Bronchiolitis in children


NICE Guidance: preventing the uptake of smoking by children and young people [PH14]


BTS Guidelines (2016) Home Oxygen for children


Association of Children's Palliative Care


BTS Guideline for respiratory management of children with neuromuscular weakness (2012)


Tracheostomy management




Archives of Disease in Childhood


Paediatric Respiratory Reviews


Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care Journal


Pediatric Critical Care Medicine


Pediatrics and Neonatology (open access)


Pediatric Pulmonology


Paediatric Respiratory Reviews



Hyperventilation syndrome


Physiotherapy for Hyperventilation


NHS information on panic attacks



Elderly people with cardiorespiratory disease


The Silver Book. Quality standards for the care of older people with urgent & emergency care needs (CSP members)


Physiotherapy Works: Dementia Care CSP poster (CSP members)




Journal of Aging and Physical Activity


Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy



Palliative respiratory physiotherapy


Bereavement follow-up in adult intensive care units: European Journal of Palliative Care blog


BMJ (2013) An introduction to advance care planning in practice


Decision Aids for Advance Care Planning


How to help your patients plan


Recommendations for end-of-life care in the intensive care unit: a consensus statement by the American Academy of Critical Care Medicine (2008)




American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine


BMC Palliative Care


Journal of Palliative Medicine


Palliative Medicine



Critical care, support and monitoring


AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: weaning and discontinuing ventilatory support (2002)


AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: removal of the endotracheal tube (2007)


Core Standards for Intensive Care Units (2013)


Intensive Care Society


Guidelines for the Provision of Intensive Care Services (2015)




Medication: PP presentation


Mental Capacity Act (2005) Guidance for Critical Care


Physiotherapy Works: Critical Care poster (CSP members).


Sedation and Analgesia - PP presentation


Ventilator graphics




AACN Advanced Critical Care


American Journal of Critical Care


Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain Medicine


Anaesthesia and Intensive Care


Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine


Annals of Intensive Care


Australian Critical Care


Critical Care


Critical Care Clinics


Critical Care Medicine 


Critical Care Research and Practice


Critical Care and Shock


Current Anaesthesia and Critical Care


Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine (open access)


Intensive Care Medicine


JAMA Critical Care/Intensive Care Medicine


Journal of Critical Care


Journal of Intensive Care (open access)


Journal of Intensive Care Medicine


Journal of Intensive and Critical Care (open access)


New England Journal of Medicine Update: Pulmonary/Critical Care


Open Critical Care Medicine Journal (open access)



Physiotherapy for critically ill patients


AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: Endotracheal suctioning of mechanically ventilated patients with artificial airways (2010)


International network for early mobilization of mechanically ventilated patients:


Manual hyperinflation YouTube clips


NICE Guideline CG83: Critical illness rehabilitation


National Education and Competence Framework for Advanced Critical Care Practitioners (2008)


PEEP valves


Resuscitation Guidelines (2015)



Disorders in Critical Care


Acute Brain Injury


Headway - NICE and SIGN guidance for early management and rehabilitation


NICE (2014) Head injury: assessment and early management


Management flow chart (2012)


NICE (2014) Quality statement: inpatient rehabilitation for people with traumatic brain injury [QS74]


NICE (2014) Head injury: assessment and early management


Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome


Prone protocols




Clinical medicine insights. Trauma and intensive medicine






Evaluation of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy


CSP Guide to literature searching (CSP members)


Cochrane Library


PubMed - search for medical and physiotherapy articles




Journal of Breath Research


Respiratory Investigation


Respiratory Research (open access)


AACVPR: American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

AARC: American Association of Respiratory Care

ACCP: American College of Chest Physicians

ACPICR: Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cardiac Rehabilitation, UK

ACPRC: Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care, UK

ATS: American Thoracic Society

BMJ: British Medical Journal

BTS: British Thoracic Society

CSP: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, UK

DH: Department of Health, UK

ERS: European Respiratory Society

HVS: hyperventilation syndrome

ICS: Intensive Care Society

iCSP: interactive CSP

JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association

NHS: National Health Service, UK

NICE: National Institute of Health and Care Excellence

PP: PowerPoint

RCP: Royal College of Physicians

SIGN: Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network