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Issues in Palliative Care Research$
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Russell K. Portenoy and Eduardo Bruera

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195130652

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130652.001.0001

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Research into Nonpharmacological Intervention for Respiratory Problems in Palliative Care

Research into Nonpharmacological Intervention for Respiratory Problems in Palliative Care

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(p.97) 7 Research into Nonpharmacological Intervention for Respiratory Problems in Palliative Care
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Issues in Palliative Care Research
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Russell K. Portenoy

Eduardo Bruera

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130652.003.0007

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

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