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CARDOSO, Ricardo Manuel Tavares  and  VIANA, Rui Antunes. Physiotherapy intervention in cystic fibrosis: a systematic review. Arq Med [online]. 2011, vol.25, n.5-6, pp.186-195. ISSN 2183-2447.

Objective: to determine the effectiveness of Physiotherapy treatment in patients with Cystic Fibrosis (FC). Methodology: Research on computerized databases on Pubmed/ Medline, B-on and PEDro to identify randomized controlled trials that evaluates various Physiotherapy interventions in CF. Results: This review included 22 studies involving 1049 patients, with arithmetic mean methodology classification of 4.7 on the PEDro scale. From the studies included in this review, 15 evaluated the Physiotherapy with manual techniques application, 9 take into account the non-invasive positive-pressure ventilation (NPPV), 8 refer the use of ventilatory devices and 4 evaluate the Physiotherapy through physical activity. Conclusions: The evidence found in this systematic review suggest that Physiotherapy plays an fundamental role in the treatment of CF, namely through the use of manual techniques (NPPV), ventilatory devices and with the aid of physical activity. From the research carried, we suggest the relevance of new research about Physiotherapy treatments with long-term effects.

Keywords : cystic fibrosis; physiotherapy; randomized controlled trials.

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