A Palliative Care Approach for breathlessness in lung cancer A clinical evaluation.

Belchamber, C.A., 2002. A Palliative Care Approach for breathlessness in lung cancer A clinical evaluation. In: The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Oncology and Palliative Care (ACPOPC) Spring Conference, 9-11 April 2002, Edinburgh University, Scotland.

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This presentation disseminates information regarding a development on recent research that proved the value of nonpharmacological techniques and strategies in the management of breathlessness in lung cancer. It evaluates the intervention in a specialist palliative care setting using an outpatient clinic at Lewis-Manning Hospice. Referrals were made by the patients‘ physician or specialist nurse. Patients (n¾/30) were assessed and treated by the senior physiotherapist in charge of the clinic over three sessions. A number of outcomes were measured at various stages of the patients‘ treatment. The results have confirmed and strengthened the previous published results. Highly significant improvements in patients‘ breathlessness, functional capacity, activity levels and distress levels have been shown. For example, the percentage of patients experiencing breathlessness several times or more per day was reduced from 73% to 27% four weeks later. In addition, this project has been able to demonstrate significant improvements in quality of life and high levels of satisfaction with the interventions. Qualitative data enhanced the findings of objective measurements.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Additional Information:Caroline Belchamber was involved in the data collection of the latter part of this research and was requested by Juliett Hately to present the findings of the research which was published in Palliative Medicine: Hately, J., Laurence, V., Scott, A., Baker, R., Thomas, P. 2003. Breathlessness clinics within specialist palliative care settings can improve the quality of life and functional capacity of patients with lung cancer. Palliative Medicine. 17, 410-417. The on-line version of this article can be found at: http://pmj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/17/5/410
Uncontrolled Keywords:breathing exercises; dyspnoea; lung cancer; non-pharmacological approach; palliative care; quality of life
Subjects:Technology > Medicine and Health
Group:School of Health and Social Care
ID Code:16874
Deposited By:Mrs Caroline Belchamber
Deposited On:29 Nov 2010 11:15
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 15:39

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