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Allied respiratory professionals (ARPs), including physiotherapists, technologists, scientists, nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists and nutritionists, are involved at all stages of respiratory care, from prevention, diagnosis and evaluation, to treatment and management of acute and chronic respiratory diseases.
ARPs are particularly involved in the rehabilitation of patients with chronic respiratory conditions and are often the patient’s first point of contact. ARPs have been especially important for supporting the recovery of COVID patients following hospitalisation, highlighting the importance of ARP-led interventions and the transfer of knowledge between different professional groups and in multidisciplinary teams.
We are pleased to offer a range of sessions and educational activities during this year’s ERS Congress which address the needs, current issues and future developments in respiratory care from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Martijn A. Spruit is Chair of the ERS Allied Respiratory Professionals Assembly; Professor of Rehabilitation of Chronic Organ Failure at Maastricht University, The Netherlands; and member of the Executive Board of the specialised rehabilitation centre Ciro, in Horn, The Netherlands. His main contributions to the field of COPD have focused on the effects of exacerbations and pulmonary rehabilitation on lower-limb muscle function, and the phenotyping of extra-pulmonary treatable traits in patients with COPD.
Prof. Spruit has published more than 325 peer-reviewed articles on pulmonary rehabilitation, physical inactivity, and extra-pulmonary treatable traits in patients with chronic lung disease. He was the lead author on the 2013 ATS/ERS Statement on Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and he became a Fellow of ERS in 2016.
Q: What makes the ERS Congress unique for allied respiratory professionals and what can they expect to gain from taking part in this year’s event?
A: The ERS Congress 2021 will provide allied healthcare professionals with the opportunity to increase their skills and knowledge on clinically relevant topics. The programme presents a nice mix of topics that are relevant for Assembly 9 members. Again, the multidisciplinary management of respiratory disease is emphasised.
Q: In your opinion, what will be the popular topics for allied respiratory professionals during this year’s Congress, and what will be a particular highlight for you?
A: I am looking forward to seeing all of our international colleagues and friends online in these well-prepared sessions, where new and upcoming researchers/clinicians present for the first time their new data related to allied healthcare of patients with acute or chronic lung diseases. Even though the meeting will be online, it is still a great platform to discuss the latest research findings with our peers and to learn from each other. Personally, I am very curious about the abstracts presented by 09.04 members, with the focus on psychology and behaviour change. It will be the first time ever that they have their own slot on the ERS Congress programme.