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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease$
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Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780192631411

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.001.0001

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Psychosocial therapies

Psychosocial therapies

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(p.229) Chapter 13 Psychosocial therapies
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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease
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Sam H. Ahmedzai (Contributor Webpage)

Martin F. Muers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0013

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

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