Psychosocial therapies

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

Psychosocial therapies

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This chapter examines psychosocial therapies and non-pharmacological interventions for dyspnoea. It suggests that psychosocial management should include an exploration of the meaning of dyspnoea for patients, to help them to understand that meaning and its significance for them and their families. The chapter discusses research findings which indicate that art therapies can both help restore creativity and act as a diversion, and that music therapy can be helpful in facilitating feelings and in communication.

Keywords: dyspnoea; psychosocial therapies; art therapies; music therapy; disease management; non-pharmacological interventions

Chapter.  3445 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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