Assessment of dyspnoea in clinical practice and audit

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI:

Series: Supportive Care Series

Assessment of dyspnoea in clinical practice and audit

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This chapter examines the main aspects of the assessment of dyspnoea from the perspective of clinical care and audit. There are many valid and reliable instruments that can be used for the initial assessment and follow-up of dyspnoea; however, it is often not appropriately assessed in the clinical or audit setting. This chapter proposes the use of a combination of a tool that assesses symptom distress with a tool that assesses the impact of dyspnoea on daily activities and suggests that an attempt should also be made characterise the different components of the expression of dyspnoea in a given patient because of the multidimensional nature of its symptoms.

Keywords: dyspnoea; disease assessment; clinical care; symptom distress; diagnosis

Chapter.  3928 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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