Exercise as airway clearance therapy (ExACT) in cystic fibrosis: a UK-based e-Delphi survey of patients, caregivers and health professionals

Zoe Louise Saynor*, Steve Cunningham, Lisa Morrison, Eleanor Main, Ioannis Vogiatzis, Simon Reid, Donald Urquhart

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Abstract

Replacing traditional airway clearance therapy (tACT) with exercise (ExACT) in people with cystic fibrosis (pwCF) is a top research priority. A UK-based e-Delphi consensus was performed to inform the type(s), duration and intensity of ExACT. The expert panel comprised CF physiotherapists, doctors, pwCF and parents/partners. Exercise ACT was considered to be aerobic activity, of at least 20 min duration and intense enough to elicit deep breathing. Consensus was reached that assessment breaths, coughs and huffs should accompany exercise to remove loose secretions, with support for trials to investigate ExACT versus tACT during times of stable disease but not pulmonary exacerbations.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberthoraxjnl
JournalThorax
Early online date30 Sep 2022
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Sep 2022

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