General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Luciana Moizé Arcone

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Vanesa Rodríguez Salés
I looked at Pardas Peraferrer 


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 within physiotherapy that, through the application of different therapeutic agents, is responsible for the prevention, stabilization and treatment of conditions that affect the respiratory and cardiac system. 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 at the forefront of the hospital performing their tasks.

In this subject, students must deepen their knowledge of respiratory physiology as a basis for understanding the operation of the treatment techniques used in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy as well as to know the mechanisms involved in the pathophysiology of the different respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. It is a subject with a high practical content (4 ECTS) where the student 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 the scientific evidence.

Adaptation COVID19

This subject has methodological and digital resources to make possible its continuity in non-contact mode in the case of being necessary for reasons related to the Covid-19. This will facilitate the achievement of the knowledge and skills specified in this teaching plan. However, in relation to those practical contents of the subject in which the acquisition of procedural and attitudinal skills by students is essential, it can be considered, if the health situation requires it, the partial and temporary suspension of this with the consequent postponement in its continuity until the health situation allows it.

Learning outcomes

  • Assess the patient's physical and mental condition. It determines the level of severity, dysfunctions, disabilities and limitations on both an individual and social scale.
  • Apply technologies for patient assessment. It incorporates new measuring instruments that facilitate the objectification of interventions. Participates in the validation of assessment tools for incorporation into clinical practice.
  • Perform the specific physiotherapy diagnosis for each of the clinical specialties in order to determine the dysfunctions and disabilities that will require a physiotherapy intervention.
  • Establishes the intervention protocol based on the joint negotiation between therapist and patient.
  • It analyzes the patient's expectations for each of the clinical specialties with respect to their evolution, demands and needs.
  • Identifies 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. 
  • Identifies the main treatments used in physiotherapy interventions by each of the clinical specialists. Classify them according to their effect and importance and establish the order of priorities in their therapeutic application.
  • Analyze the effects produced by the interventions. Evaluate the benefits and risks and establish an intervention criterion based on the priorities and effects pursued.



Working methodology

Training activity


Master class


Group work


Group tutoring


Individual work


Individual tutoring 3

Regulated practices


Personal study





The subject of cardio-respiratory physiotherapy is divided into a theoretical block and a practical block.

In the theoretical block we will address the following contents:

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, we will address in depth the contents taught in the theoretical block according to the schedule of the subject.

Learning activities

Plenary sessions. Master classes with multimedia support and interactive platforms, aimed at the presentation of the contents, clarification of doubts and learning based on problem solving.

Regulated practices in the laboratory. Theoretical-practical sessions in the laboratories where the different assessment and treatment techniques in respiratory physiotherapy will be explained and practiced.

Simulation. Sessions in the simulation laboratory where different competencies related to the resolution of clinical cases will be worked on.

Self-employment. Reading of recommended texts, revision of articles, elaboration of individual works, questionnaires, self-learning activities in moodle. Personal study.

Evaluation system

This subject will be evaluated as follows:

Evaluation activity


Final theoretical exam


Practical exam


Continued avaluation


Group work



Evaluation activity in recovery period


Theoretical exam


Practical exam


To pass the course, the two specific blocks must be passed separately (theoretical block 40% and practical block 60%).

It is recommended to attend 100% of 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.

Students will have the option to retake the subject when they have taken the final exam in each of the blocks and have not passed the subject.

Continuous evaluation will not be retrievable.

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.


Considering the current health situation, attendance at the theoretical-practical classes will be highly recommended and absenteeism for health reasons will not prevent the possibility of passing the subject. In this sense, the system of continuous assessment provides for a series of varied assessment activities and in sufficient numbers to facilitate the learning process of students, with the possibility, for health reasons, of being able to perform them in a in person.

Rules of conduct

Class attendance without respecting the basic rules of hygiene and uniformity in dress may be sanctioned. Given the situation caused by the pandemic, the indications related to security and protection in the practical spaces, included in a document of the School and which will be available to students in the virtual classroom, must be considered and respected. All teachers will be aware of this information and will ensure compliance.

During the theoretical classes, the video must be turned on and behave in the same way as in class.

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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