Assessing the perceptions of inspiratory muscle training in children with cystic fibrosis and their multidisciplinary team: Mixed-methods study

Jessica L McCreery, Kelly MacKintosh, Narelle S. Cox, Melitta McNarry

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Background: Little is known about the opinions or perceived benefits of an inspiratory muscle training intervention in patients with cystic fibrosis and their multidisciplinary team.

Objective: The aim of this qualitative study was to examine patients' and multidisciplinary teams' views on inspiratory muscle training to inform and tailor future interventions.

Methods: Individual, semistructured interviews were conducted to evaluate participants’ perspectives of a 4-week inspiratory muscle training intervention. In this study, 8 of 13 individuals involved in the inspiratory muscle training program (5 children aged 11-14 years; 2 physiotherapists; and 1 respiratory physician) participated. Interviews were transcribed verbatim, analyzed using thematic analyses, and then coded into relevant themes.

Results: Four key themes emerged: acceptability, facilitators, barriers, and recommendations. While fun, enjoyment, and improved perceived physical ability were reported by children and their multidisciplinary team following the inspiratory muscle training program, the multidisciplinary team identified factors such as time and cost as key barriers.

Conclusions: A short inspiratory muscle training program was perceived to have positive effects on the physical ability and psychosocial health of children with cystic fibrosis. These findings highlight the importance of obtaining participants’ and multidisciplinary teams' perceptions and recommendations to ensure the efficacy and optimal design of future inspiratory muscle training protocols.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere11189
Number of pages7
JournalJMIR Pediatrics and Parenting
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Health perceptions
  • Inspiratory muscle training
  • Mobile phone
  • Pediatrics
  • Qualitative

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