Subjective Assessment

Subjective Assessment

A comprehensive subjective assessment will assist with the prescription of an appropriate, individualised management plan.

It can include:

Previous medical history

Respiratory – other conditions, surgery

Other conditions – cardiac, sinus, GORD, psychological issues, thyroid, diabetes

Smoking history

Urinary incontinence

Musculoskeletal pain, stiffness

History of the presenting condition

Understanding of the condition

When did symptoms start

When was bronchiectasis diagnosed

Cough frequency and nature

Sputum quantity, colour and ease of expectoration

Exacerbations over the past 12 months

Sleep affected – by cough or sputum


Respiratory, including type of devices eg MDI, Turbuhaler


Hydration and humidification

Daily fluid intake

Using a nebuliser – type, name of solution

CPAP / BiPAP – humidified


Gait aids

Oxygen therapy


Current weekly routine

Exercise tolerance

Exercise limitations

Current airway clearance routine

Techniques, prescription

Own a nebuliser – type, medication

Previous physiotherapy for bronchiectasis


Was it effective

An example of aBronchiectasis Physiotherapy Assessment Form

An example of a patient completed assessment form – Bronchiectasis Out-Patient Registration form