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Non-pharmacological interventions for breathlessness management in patients with lung cancer : A systematic review

Zhao, Isabella & Yates, Patsy (2008) Non-pharmacological interventions for breathlessness management in patients with lung cancer : A systematic review. Palliative Medicine : A multiprofessional journal, 22(6), pp. 693-701.

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Abstract

The aim is to review the published scientific literature for studies evaluating nonpharmacological interventions for breathlessness management in patients with lung cancer. The following selection criteria were used to systematically search the literature: studies were to be published research or systematic reviews; they were to be published in English and from 1990 to 2007; the targeted populations were adult patients with dyspnoea/breathlessness associated with lung cancer; and the study reported on the outcomes from use of non-pharmacological strategies for breathlessness. This review retrieved five studies that met all inclusion criteria. All the studies reported the benefits of non-pharmacological interventions in improving breathlessness regardless of differences in clinical contexts, components of programmes and methods for delivery. Analysis of the available evidence suggests that tailored instructions delivered by nurses with sufficient training and supervision may have some benefits over other delivery approaches. Based on the results, non-pharmacological interventions are recommended as effective adjunctive strategies in managing breathlessness for patients with lung cancer. In order to refine such interventions, future research should seek to explore the core components of such approaches that are critical to achieving optimal outcomes, the contexts in which the interventions are most effective, and to evaluate the relative benefits of different methods for delivering such interventions.

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ID Code: 46840
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Published version saved to I:DRIVE
Keywords: Breathlessness, Dyspnoea, Intervention, Lung Cancer, Management, Nonpharmacological
DOI: 10.1177/0269216308095024
ISSN: 0269-2163
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
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Copyright Owner: © 2008 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 04 Nov 2011 09:54
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:21

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