What is an respiratory therapist?
A respiratory therapist is someone who can provide respite and rehabilitation services for people with respiratory conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other respiratory disorders.
Risk Factors for AsthmaRisk factors for asthma include having asthma, having a family history of asthma, living in a residential complex, or having family members who have asthma.
Risky conditions are the first line of defense against developing asthma.
Risks associated with other respiratory conditions, such as COPD, can increase the risk of developing asthma if left untreated.
Risks for COPDRisk for COPED and COPD+ risk are higher in those with asthma than those with other types of COPD.
People with asthma may experience higher rates of hospitalization for COP and COPE.
A study conducted in 2015 by researchers at the University of Queensland found that asthma patients who were given oral or injectable corticosteroids and had asthma symptoms at baseline were more likely to have COPD at follow-up.
The risk of COPE was highest in those who had asthma at baseline, but not after adjusting for other risk factors.
A 2016 study from the University and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that people with asthma were more than twice as likely as non-asthma patients to develop COPD and that this increased risk was independent of whether or not the asthma was COPD or COPD-free.
A 2017 study from Rutgers Medical Center found that individuals with asthma at risk for developing COPD were also at a higher risk for dying.
A recent study published in The Lancet found that respiratory therapist practices that provided respite, rehabilitation and education to people with COPD had a greater rate of outcomes compared to those that did not.
Researchers looked at 539 respiratory therapists in South Australia, Australia, and the United Kingdom, and found that their outcomes were not affected by whether they were practicing respiratory therapy in a respiratory therapy program or not.