ERS Assembly 9: Allied respiratory professionals

It is increasingly recognised that allied healthcare professionals play an important role in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with pulmonary diseases. This Assembly is an opportunity to learn from each other's disciplines and achieve better patient outcomes. The Assembly is comprised of the following four Groups:
  • Respiratory function technologists/scientists

    Group 09.01
    Chair: Karl Sylvester
    Secretary: Rachel Ong-Salvador

    This Group exists to represent all scientific and educational activities in the ERS with relation to all aspects of clinical respiratory physiology. Respiratory function diagnostics and therapeutic monitoring are now key areas in healthcare delivery across Europe and our Group is interested in the scientific, technical and quality issues of these services.

    We would like to open up our Group to all members who practice respiratory physiology, whether in primary care, secondary care or in a research environment. Education, research, and quality are the key issues in protecting patients from misdiagnosis and poor measurement. We intend to lead in research, training and quality in clinical respiratory physiology throughout Europe and in collaboration with the ERS school, and we are supportive of all respiratory technology and services requiring physiological measurement.

  • Physiotherapists

    Group 09.02
    Chair: Chris Burtin
    Secretary: Andre Nyberg

    This Group was set up to provide a scientific basis for respiratory physiotherapists within the ERS. Physiotherapists specialised in the care of patients with respiratory disorders are scattered throughout Europe and worldwide in many national organisations.

    Pressing issues like standardisation of therapeutic techniques, homogenised training standards, quality assurance and physiotherapy-related clinical research argue towards joining forces across national borders. Furthermore, there is the need to interact more intensively with medical doctors and other healthcare professionals concerned with respiratory care. Our Group provides the platform for such endeavours and thus has the potential to foster the distribution of specialised respiratory physiotherapy throughout Europe and worldwide.

  • Nurses

    Group 09.03
    Chair: Andreja Sajnic
    Secretary: Marco Clari

    The nursing Group has the objective to stimulate advancement in respiratory nursing by promoting nursing research and by facilitating dissemination of scientific results in terms of congress presentations and publication of evidence based recommendations.

    In addition, this Group aims to develop the knowledge, clinical and scientific skills of nurses working in different settings such as hospitals, primary care and academic institutions through communication on relevant congresses and courses, and by facilitating sharing of knowledge and information between nurses and other professional working in respiratory care. This Group also offers the opportunity to nurses expand their network with international nursing associations and collaborate with nurses and other respiratory disciplines all over Europe.

  • Psychologists and behavioural scientists

    Group 09.04
    Chair: Martijn A. Spruit
    Secretary: Daniel Langer

Join this assembly

You can join this assembly by selecting it as your main group or one of your optional groups in myERS. Only ERS members can join this assembly. Selections can be changed at any time.

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