General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Esther Wall Gimeno

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Vanesa Rodriguez Salés

Teaching languages

  • Spanish
  • Catalan


Basic skills
  • B2_That students know how to apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional way and have the skills that are usually demonstrated by developing and defending arguments and solving problems within their area of ​​study


  • B4_That students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialized and non-specialized audiences


Specific skills
  • E5_Assess the functional state of the patient, considering the physical, psychological and social aspects


  • E6_Assess the diagnosis of physiotherapy care according to standards and with internationally recognized validation instruments


  • E7_Design the physiotherapy intervention plan according to the criteria of adequacy, validity and efficiency


  • E8_Execute, direct and coordinate the physiotherapy intervention plan, using its own therapeutic tools and taking into account the individuality of the user


  • E9_Assess the evolution of the results obtained with the treatment in relation to the objectives set


  • E13_Ability to work in professional teams as a basic unit in which professionals and other staff of healthcare organizations are structured in a unified or multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary way


  • E16_Ability to carry out physiotherapeutic interventions based on comprehensive health care that involves multiprofessional cooperation, integration of processes and continuity of care


Transversal competences
  • T2_Demonstrate ability to organize and plan


  • T3_The student must be able to develop skills in interpersonal relationships and be able to work within an intra and interdisciplinary team



Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy is one of the branches of physiotherapy which, through the application of different therapeutic agents, is responsible for the prevention, stabilization and treatment of conditions affecting the respiratory and cardiac systems. We are currently at a time of growth and expansion of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy due to the increase in the incidence of many respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and also thanks to the recognition and acceptance of this therapy by other health specialties. It should be remembered that with the current Covid19 pandemic, respiratory physiotherapists have been on the hospital frontline performing their tasks.

In this subject, students will have to deepen their knowledge of respiratory physiology as a basis to understand the operation of the treatment techniques used in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy as well as to be able to know the mechanisms involved in the pathophysiology of different respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. In addition, the gender perspective will be introduced in teaching, emphasizing the differences due to sex and gender in the manifestations of cardiorespiratory disease, in treatments and in interventions. 
It is a subject with a high practical content (4 ECTS) where students will have the opportunity to learn the basic skills to assess, diagnose and treat a patient with respiratory pathology according to current trends based on scientific evidence.


Learning outcomes

  • RA31. Assess the physical and mental state of the patient. Determine the level of severity, dysfunctions, disabilities and limitations both on an individual and social scale.
  • LO 32. Applies technologies for patient assessment. It incorporates new measurement instruments that facilitate the objectification of interventions. Participates in the validation of assessment tools for their incorporation into clinical practice.
  • RA 33. Performs the specific physiotherapy diagnosis for each of the clinical specialties in order to determine the dysfunctions and disabilities that will require a physiotherapy intervention.
  • LO 22. Establish the intervention protocol based on the joint negotiation between therapist and patient.
  • LO 30. Analyzes the patient's expectations for each of the clinical specialties with respect to their evolution, demands and needs.
  • LO 36. Identify the main respiratory, cardiac and neurological pathologies. Learn medical-surgical interventions, effects and results. Contribution of physiotherapy in the treatment and improvement of medical and/or surgical interventions. 
  • LO 28. Identify the main treatments used in physiotherapy interventions by each of the specialized clinics. Classify them according to their effect and importance and establish the order of priorities in their therapeutic application.
  • LO 29. Analyze the effects produced by the interventions. It evaluates the benefits and risks and establishes an intervention criterion based on the priorities and the effects pursued.



Working methodology

Training activity


AF1. Theoretical classes


AF3. Practical classes


AF5. Tutorials


AF6. Study and group work


AF7. Autonomous and individual study and work 75




The subject of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy is divided into a theoretical block and a practical block.

In the theoretical block, the following contents are taught:

Topic 1. Physiology of the cardiorespiratory system

Item 2. Functional and clinical assessment

Item 3. Respiratory physiotherapy techniques

Item 4. Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation

Item 5. Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy applied to different populations

Item 6. Update of COVID19 and respiratory physiotherapy

In the practical block, the contents taught in the theoretical block are taught in depth according to the subject's timetable.

Learning activities

MD1. Expository method or master class: to transmit knowledge and to activate the cognitive processes of the student by means of a unidirectional learning

MD2. Case study: acquiring learning through the analysis of real or simulated cases

MD3. Solving exercises and problems: exercising, rehearsing and putting into practice previous knowledge

MD4. Problem-based learning (PBL): developing active knowledge through problem solving

MD5. Project-oriented learning: carrying out a project to solve a problem, applying skills and knowledge acquired

MD6. Cooperative learning: fostering active and meaningful knowledge in a cooperative way

Evaluation system

This subject will be evaluated as follows:

Theoretical block (40%):

Evaluation activity


SE1. Electronic portfolio 30%

SE3. Exam


SE5. Peer evaluation or co-evaluation: 20%


Practical block (60%):

Evaluation activity


SE2. Oral presentation 20%

SE3. Exam


SE4. Self evaluation 30%

The final grade of the course will consist of the two blocks with the following weighting: 40% the theoretical block, 60% the practical block. It will be compulsory to take the final exam of each block and pass the exam with a mark equal to or higher than 5. To pass the subject, it is necessary to pass the two specific blocks separately. It is mandatory to attend 80% of the classes in the practical block. The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities will mean a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason. ”

Recovery period.

The students will have the option of retaking the subject when they have taken the final exam in each of the blocks and have not passed the subject.

Continuous assessment (SE1, SE2, SE4, SE5) cannot be retrieved.

The grades obtained in the continuous assessment will be kept as part of the final grade of the subject, both passed and not passed, in order to preserve the criteria of continuous assessment, maintaining the same weighting as in the first. call.

Rules of conduct

Attending class without respecting the basic rules of hygiene and uniform dress may be sanctioned. 

During the class practices and especially during the assessment tests, students will not be able to wear objects that may interfere with the execution of the techniques, such as rings, watches, bracelets, long earrings, etc. Also, hand hygiene will be paramount, with short, clean, unpainted cut nails.



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