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Research into Nonpharmacological Intervention for Respiratory Problems in Palliative Care

Russell K. Portenoy and Eduardo Bruera

in Issues in Palliative Care Research

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195130652
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999842 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130652.003.0007
Research into Nonpharmacological Intervention for Respiratory Problems in Palliative Care

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Research into nonpharmacological interventions for respiratory problems in palliative care could not as yet be described as a solid, coherent area of study. The term nonpharmacological intervention suggests a narrow and tightly defined approach to symptom management that can be tested in clinical trials. Here, it is used to define a research area that lies beyond that of testing different pharmaceutical preparations on perception of breathlessness and lung function. This chapter describes the nature of breathlessness as it is experienced in life-threatening illness, as well as the development and testing of strategies that may assist in alleviation or adaptation. This definition immediately suggests research that may need to straddle a number of disciplines as well as methodological paradigms.

Keywords: breathlessness; nonpharmacological intervention; lung function; respiratory symptoms

Chapter.  4961 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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