(2010) AARC clinical practice guideline: providing patient and caregiver training. Respiratory Care 55: 765-759.
Respiratory therapists should take an active role in educating patient, family,and caregivers in the management of their cardiopulmonary disease state. The goal of the respiratory therapist should be to provide patient-centered care and to provide information to/elicit input from the patient and caregiver in a culturally competent manner. The training process should occur with every encounter between the healthcare providers and the patient, family and caregiver.