Introduction

Bronchiectasis is a chronic lung disease that is now receiving growing recognition and consideration. While there are recent guidelines about diagnosis and treatment, over past decades many patients with bronchiectasis have not been properly diagnosed and treated.

The airways are hollow tubes that allow us to breathe in air and cough out sputum (phlegm). People with bronchiectasis have scarring of these tubes which makes it difficult to clear sputum . If not properly cleared, sputum builds up. The airways can become infected with bacteria which may lead to repeated chest infections and a poor quality of life.

One of the most important treatments of bronchiectasis is regular airway clearance, sometimes referred to as chest physiotherapy. This includes anything you do by physical means to help loosen and clear phlegm from your chest. There are many methods of chest clearance and none has been proved to be better than others. Although very important, there are challenges for patients to regularly perform/complete airway clearance.

This survey is intended for people with bronchiectasis and their relatives. First, we want to learn about the difficulties people may have had until they received a diagnosis and appropriate treatments for bronchiectasis, and whether this affects how severe the illness is. Second, we want to learn about successes and challenges that people with bronchiectasis may experience in performing regular chest clearance. Lastly, there are some additional questions on choice and use of devices for inhalation of prescribed drugs.

This survey will take up to 30 minutes to complete and is anonymous. You may ask other people – your relatives, nurse, physiotherapist, or doctor – to help you with answers you are not sure of but we want to hear about your experiences. Thank you for your help with this survey.
 
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