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.
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
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
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|Keywords:||Breathlessness, Dyspnoea, Intervention, Lung Cancer, Management, Nonpharmacological|
|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
|Copyright Owner:||© 2008 SAGE Publications|
|Deposited On:||04 Nov 2011 09:54|
|Last Modified:||11 Oct 2012 14:25|
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