Does Addition of Oscillatory Positive Expiratory Pressure (OPEP) Device to a Chest Physiotherapy Program Provide Further Health Benefits in Children With Bronchiectasis?

  • End date
    Dec 1, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Izmir Bakircay University
Updated on 19 September 2021
cystic fibrosis
chest physiotherapy


Oscillatory positive expiratory pressure (OPEP) devices such as Flutter, Aerobika or Shaker are commonly prescribed in the clinical practice for airway clearance in children with chronic lung diseases including bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, and primary ciliary dyskinesia. Health insurance companies may cover these devices in some countries; but this is not a common practice around the world. Therefore, many families have to purchase these devices themselves. Unfortunately, these devices are rather expensive especially in the developing countries and consequently, families become financially burdened. Aim of this study is to investigate whether the addition of OPEP devices to a comprehensive chest physiotherapy program provide additional benefits on pulmonary function and exercise capacity in children with bronchiectasis. Results of this study may help better interpreting the cost-effectiveness of these devices.

Condition Bronchiectasis
Treatment Chest physiotherapy, Oscillatory Positive Expiratory Pressure (OPEP) device
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05034900
SponsorIzmir Bakircay University
Last Modified on19 September 2021


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Diagnosis of bronchiectasis

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Hospitalization history during past month
Diagnosis of any other chronic childhood diseases such as cerebral palsy or neuromuscular diseases which may impede exercise tolerance
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