HSPT703 – Advanced Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy

Module code
Module title
Advanced Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
To advance physiotherapy clinical skills and knowledge for the evaluation and management of complex disorders of the cardiopulmonary system across the lifespan.
  • HS1901
NZQA Level
Level 7
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Teaching and Learning Strategy
May include: Project-based Learning; Flipped Classroom; Blended Learning; Work-integrated Learning; Inclusive Practices.
Methods may include workshops and practical classes, tutorials, case-based learning, inquiry-based learning, group activities & discussion, supported online learning, e-portfolio, practice simulation.
Learning Outcomes
1. Critically examine biomedical and behavioural scientific knowledge and relevant lifespan, gender, cultural, legal and ethical factors in the context of the evaluation and management of complex pulmonary and cardiorespiratory disorders.
2. Develop advanced clinical reasoning skills, critical thinking and decision making in complex cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice.
3. Examine, manage and evaluate the complex cardiopulmonary client using advanced subjective and physical examination process and techniques.
4. Communicate in an effective and culturally responsive manner to promote shared-decision making in practice.
5. Critically examine the role of the client, whaanau and other health and social care professionals in the interprofessional team for the holistic management of cardiorespiratory clients.
Aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical presentation of complex cardiopulmonary dysfunction across the lifespan
Culturally appropriate management of Maaori and Pasifika clients presenting with complex cardiopulmonary disorders and comorbidities
Adaptation of history taking for clients presenting with complex cardiopulmonary dysfunction
Adaptation of physical examination principles and procedures commonly used in assessing the cardiopulmonary function of clients with complex cardiopulmonary disease and related issues of reliability and validity
Radiological and medical investigations commonly ordered for the investigation of cardiopulmonary function in acute care, exercise training and paediatric care
Techniques, indications, contraindications, complications, progression, biological basis and empirical evidence for physiotherapeutic management of complex cardiopulmonary dysfunction
The multidisciplinary team in the management of cardiopulmonary clients, including intensive care and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
Non-physiotherapeutic conservative, surgical and pharmacological management of complex cardiopulmonary disorders, including complications and side effects
Physiotherapeutic care of the client in intensive care or high dependency
Rehabilitation and exercise for pulmonary and cardiovascular disorders
Client education and health promotion strategies relevant to the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems
Psychosocial considerations relevant to managing clients with complex cardiopulmonary dysfunction
Ethical, lifespan, gender, cultural and legal issues relevant to the management of complex cardiopulmonary dysfunction
Further outcome measures for complex cardiopulmonary disorders
Advanced clinical reasoning skills needed for planning and interpreting the clinical examination and implementing physiotherapy treatment for complex cardiopulmonary dysfunction
Advanced treatment evaluation and outcome processes appropriate for cardiopulmonary physiotherapy practice
Physiotherapist's role in promoting wellness as relevant to the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems
Effectively assess and treat complex paediatric cardiopulmonary disorders
Assessment Criteria
Practice Based Assessment - this assessment must be passed to pass the module.
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components.
Students need to provide evidence against all learning outcomes, and gain an overall mark of 50% to pass this module.

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