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Table 5 Factors influencing choice of ACTs (n (%); N = 67)

From: Physiotherapists’ use of airway clearance techniques during an acute exacerbation of bronchiectasis: a survey study

Factors Extremely important Very Important Moderately important Slightly important Not at all important
Patient clinical presentation e.g. sputum amount enquiries 48 (72) 16 (24) 3 (4) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Amount of oxygen/ventilatory support the patient is requiring 38 (57) 23 (34) 3 (4) 3 (4) 0 (0)
Presence/absence of precautions/contra-indications 48 (72) 15 (22) 3 (4) 1 (2) 0 (0)
Patient preference 33 (49) 29 (44) 5 (7) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Patients degree of dyspnoea or work of breathing 37 (55) 26 (39) 4 (6) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Personal experience/preference 14 (21) 30 (45) 17 (25) 4 (6) 2 (3)
Medical staff’s preference 0 (0) 8 (12) 19 (28) 23 (34) 17 (25)
Department/hospital policy 6 (10) 12 (18) 20 (30) 21 (32) 5 (8)
Highest level of evidence supporting a particular airway clearance technique 23 (34) 29 (43) 12 (18) 3 (5) 0 (0)
Influence from peers with experience in this area 7 (10) 30 (46) 19 (28) 7 (10) 4 (6)
Access to resources/equipment 23 (34) 32 (48) 12 (18) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Recent course attendance 5 (7) 14 (21) 21 (31) 17 (25) 9 (13)
Cost effectiveness 16 (24) 27 (40) 21 (31) 3 (5) 0 (0)
Time effectiveness 17 (25) 29 (43) 18 (27) 3 (5) 0 (0)
Taught at university 1 (2) 7 (10) 11 (17) 16 (25) 31 (46)