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About respiratory therapists

Respiratory therapists are regulated health professionals who provide direct patient care by evaluating, treating and maintaining cardiopulmonary function.

Respiratory therapists work in hospitals in diverse clinical settings including critical care, neonatal intensive care units, operating rooms and emergency departments. They also teach, and work in home care, clinics, research, rehabilitation and diagnostic clinics and sleep-disorder laboratories, medical equipment sales and services, and chronic disease and primary care networks.

CIHI collects high-level, standardized information on 30 groups of health care professionals in Canada. This includes information on their supply, distribution, demographics and regulatory environment. To find out more about CIHI’s health workforce data, visit the Health Workforce Database metadata page.

Learn more about respiratory therapists in our recent release on Canada’s health care providers.