Providing evidence-based care for adult patients with bronchiectasis
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Evidence and practice    

Providing evidence-based care for adult patients with bronchiectasis

Vikki Knowles Independent Respiratory Nurse Consultant
Karen Payne Bronchiectasis specialist nurse, Glenfield Hospital, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, England
Pamela Vaughn Advanced Practice Physiotherapist, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, Scotland
Sally Welham Deputy Chief Executive, British Thoracic Society, London, England
Adam Hill Professor of Respiratory Medicine, Queen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

Why you should read this article:
  • To familiarise yourself with the investigations used to diagnose bronchiectasis

  • To enhance your knowledge of what is involved in the management of bronchiectasis in adults

  • To identify how you could improve your practice when caring for adult patients with bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis is a long-term respiratory disease in which there is permanent bronchial dilatation, and it is associated with recurrent cough, sputum production and respiratory tract infections. The incidence and prevalence of bronchiectasis is rising, but it can be challenging to identify and manage this disease. The British Thoracic Society published its latest guideline for bronchiectasis in adults in 2019. This article outlines the main recommendations of this guideline to enable nurses to provide evidence-based care for adult patients with bronchiectasis.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11673

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This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

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Correspondence

sally.welham@brit-thoracic.org.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Knowles V, Payne K Vaughn P et al (2021) Providing evidence-based care for adult patients with bronchiectasis. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11673

Published online: 29 January 2021

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