An introduction to respiratory function and pathology

It’s easy to think of pathology of the respiratory system as only being of significance to those of us working in cardiopulmonary and acute care settings with unhealthy patients.  However, this is not actually the case.  What ever setting we work in we will encounter individuals who have respiratory changes that are having an effect on their condition, pain status and lifestyle.  Consider the ageing patient, the athlete, the office worker who sits at a desk all day and the individual overstimulated by technology.  These are all healthy scenarios where breathing patterns and therefore respiratory function may be negatively affected.

This video is a good overview introducing mechanics of breathing, pulmonary function and pulmonary pathology, knowledge that we should all have in our toolkit!

At we know the importance of continuing education and professional development so are very pleased to have been able to make part of this lecture by Dr Bini Litwin available to you all in conjunction with the respiratory related learn topic this month in the Physiopedia members area.

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