Dyspnoea and Breathlessness in Palliative Care Nursing
This chapter explores dyspnoea, or breathlessness, a common and distressing symptom experienced by many people with advanced progressive diseases. Dyspnoea can be profoundly disruptive and is often a source of considerable anxiety to the individual and family. Beginning with an overview of the aetiology and pathophysiology of dyspnoea, this chapter offers a number of strategies, assessment tools and interventions for dealing with dyspnoea. It also offers a case study and a comprehensive reference list.
- A discussion of assessments and interventions for dyspnoea
- Description of strategies that can be used for treating dyspnoea
- An outline of current evidence regarding pharmacological management of dyspnoea
- Practical case study
- An extensive reference list (including books, journals and websites) for further reading and investigation