Chest Physiotherapy in Pediatrics Patients With Pneumonia

This study has been completed.
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
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Santa Casa de Porto Alegre Identifier:
First received: November 19, 2009
Last updated: NA
Last verified: November 2009
History: No changes posted

Chest physiotherapy has been used to treat pediatric patients hospitalized with pneumonia however there was no evidence to support a beneficial effect in pediatric patients.

Condition Intervention
Other: Physiotherapy
Other: Positioning and cough

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Chest Physiotherapy in Pediatric Patients Hospitalised With Community-acquired Pneumonia: a Randomized Clinical Trial

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Further study details as provided by Santa Casa de Porto Alegre:

Enrollment: 72
Study Start Date: September 2001
Study Completion Date: September 2002
Primary Completion Date: September 2002 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Control
Non-mandatory request to maintain lateral positioning to improve air exchange, to cough in order to clear secretion, and to perform diaphragmatic and deep breathing, for five minutes, once a day, during hospital stay.
Other: Positioning and cough
Non-mandatory request to maintain lateral positioning to improve air exchange and cough
Experimental: Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy: Children younger than 5 years: Manual Thoracic vibration (TV), thoracic compression (TC), positive expiratory pressure (PEP), and forced exhalation with the glottis open ("huffing"). Children aged 5 years or older: same procedures in addition to the ventilatory patterns, and a forced expiratory technique (FET), consisting of one or two "huffs" (forced expirations) followed by a period of relaxed, controlled diaphragmatic breathing, three times per day, for 10 to 12 minutes, during hospital admission.
Other: Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy: three times per day, for 10 to 12 minutes, during hospital admission


Ages Eligible for Study:   1 Year to 12 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Children aged 1 to 12 years with acute community-acquired pneumonia (cough, tachypnea, fever and with a chest radiography with lobar, segmental or bronchopneumonia within the first 48 hours)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Severely ill patients (hospitalized in intensive care units)
  • Pleural effusion treated with chest drainage
  • Atelectasis detected by x-ray
  • Pneumonia or pleural effusion in the previous six months
  • Other pulmonary underlying disease, heart disease, cerebral palsy or immune deficiency
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01017081

Santa Casa de Porto Alegre
Posto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 90020-160
Sponsors and Collaborators
Santa Casa de Porto Alegre
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Janice Luisa Lukrafka Identifier: NCT01017081     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FISIOPUL
Study First Received: November 19, 2009
Last Updated: November 19, 2009
Health Authority: Brazil: Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by Santa Casa de Porto Alegre:
clinical trial

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections processed this record on April 17, 2014