Glasgow Caledonian University Cardiorespiratory Therapeutics Project


Project Description

This project has been developed by year 1 students on the MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy programme at Glasgow Caledonian University as part of their Cardiorespiratory Therapeutics module. The module aims to develop an understanding of the normal structure and function of the cardiorespiratory system from an anatomical and physiological perspective considering the life span and adaptions with aging. The physiological, anatomical and psychosocial impact of acute and chronic pathology in cardiorespiratory disease is explored and learners develop assessment and management skills with a focus on cardiorespiratory and vascular assessment relevant to physiotherapy


This project aims to fulfil the following module learning outcomes:

  • Critically evaluate the impact of cardiorespiratory pathologies and dysfunction on normal cardiovascular and respiratory function.
  • Explain and critically discuss the relationships between pathological conditions and signs and symptoms seen within the cardiovascular and respiratory patient.
  • Critically appraise, evaluate and justify therapeutic management strategies for patients with Cardiovascular and respiratory dysfunction.
  • Critically appraise and utilise a broad range of research evidence to underpin clinical reasoning and decision making related to cardiovascular and respiratory dysfunction.
  • Identify the role of other members of the multidisciplinary team (including patients and carers) involved in patient care
  • Students work in groups to build shared wiki resources which can be intended as a resource for physiotherapists, patients or carers.

Project dates

April to June 2015

Course Instructor

Dr Chris Seenan

Instructions to Students

As a group you will be creating/updating a selection of pages in Physiopedia related to cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. These pages are public in Physiopedia and can< be used to educate and inform others, think of it as a group project to create an up-to-date evidence based mini cardiorespiratory physiotherapy website.

You will be grouped in pairs and allocated a topic. Your task is to construct, or update a wiki page on Physiopedia.  Please follow these instructions:

  1. Explore Physiopedia - Spend some time exploring the Physiopedia website. Look through all the links in the navigation bar on the left side of this page. Have a look at some of the great information in the Content section and find the User Tutorials as they will be of great help to you during the course of this project.
  2. Request an Account - To edit Physiopedia you need to have a Physiopedia account. You can request an account here (please state that you are part of the GCU project). Once you have requested your account you will be sent an email where you will be asked to confirm your email address. Once you have done this your account request will be assessed and activated. This process may take up to 48 hours.
  3. Login to Physiopedia - Once your account has been activated you will be sent an email with your login details and a link to your Profile page. When you login you will see that some new tabs appear in the top right of the page that allow you to Edit, Watch and Create pages as well as look at their History and related Discussion page. Take a look through these tabs to see the new options that you have.
  4. Create Your Profile - Now that you are familiar with navigating Physiopedia it is time to practice some editing. To do this you should spend some time to create your user profile. To navigate to your Profile page click on your name (top link under Personal Tools) in the navigation sidebar. Click the Edit tab and you will see an editing interface appear, take a look around all the options that appear in the editing toolbar to see what they all do. Once you are familiar with this edit the bio that has automatically been entered on your page and add some more information about yourself, add a profile image and make a link. You will find the User Tutorials helpful here. Remember, this is a great place to keep an updated online profile throughout your career, your future employers may be looking so be professional!
  5. Find the Evidence - Search for, appraise, and synthesise research evidence on your topic.
  6. Develop You Page - Develop your page in Physiopedia. You may be creating a new page or reviewing and updating/improving an existing page. This should be an evidence based article so remember to add references (please use the correct referencing system utilised by Physiopedia and the <R> function from the editing toolbar). Consider also including hyperlinks to other webpages, images and videos as these all add to the value of your page.

Guidelines to develop your topic page

Using research papers, textbooks and suitable web resources construct or update your topic page using the following subheadings as a guide:

  • Definition of the disease or condition
  • Background epidemiology to the disease or condition (to include prevalence and incidence as appropriate from a UK or Scottish perspective. (You may want to also look at the disease prevalence across different social economic groups).
  • Aetiology (the causes of the disease or condition, current thinking and research activity as appropriate)
  • Pathophysiology. This needs to include the relevant pathology for the condition and how it links to the physiology of the respiratory and/or cardiac system.
  • Investigations. This may well include any investigations used to gain a diagnosis or that you might need to gain information about your patient assessment
  • Clinical manifestations (the signs and symptoms your patient may well present to you on an examination) ensure you relate this back to the underlying pathophysiology.
  • Physiotherapy and other management. Other health professionals will be treating your patient. What is their input?
  • Brief consideration of how this pathology could be prevented and the physiotherapy role in health promotion in relation to prevention of disease or disease progression.

Topic List for 2014-15