Background The main treatment of lung cancer (stage 1 and 2) is lung resection surgery. The risk of postoperative pulmonary complications is high and therefore standard postoperative care involves respiratory physiotherapy. The purpose of this systematic review is to create an overview of the evidence on respiratory physiotherapy after lung resection surgery on mortality rate (within 30 days) and postoperative pulmonary complications. Methods and analysis The review will include randomized or quasi-randomized controlled studies investigating the effect of all types of respiratory physiotherapy on mortality and postoperative pulmonary complications after lung resection surgery. Furthermore, the effect of respiratory physiotherapy is evaluated on secondary outcomes such as length of hospital stay, lung volumes and function, and adverse events. The method of the planned review is described in this paper. The literature search will include the databases PubMed, Cochrane (Central), Embase, Cinahl and PEDro. The literature search is being performed in 2017. If meta-analyses are not undertaken, a narrative synthesis of the available data will be provided. The protocol was registered in PROSPERO on the 10th of October 2016 (registration number CRD42016048956). Ethics and dissemination Conclusion of this systematic review is expected available in the second half of 2017.
- Lung resection
- Postoperative pulmonary complications
- Respiratory physiotherapy
- Systematic review