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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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Assessment of dyspnoea in clinical practice and audit

Assessment of dyspnoea in clinical practice and audit

(p.135) Chapter 8 Assessment of dyspnoea in clinical practice and audit
Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Sam H. Ahmedzai (Contributor Webpage)

Martin F. Muers

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the main aspects of the assessment of dyspnoea from the perspective of clinical care and audit. There are many valid and reliable instruments that can be used for the initial assessment and follow-up of dyspnoea; however, it is often not appropriately assessed in the clinical or audit setting. This chapter proposes the use of a combination of a tool that assesses symptom distress with a tool that assesses the impact of dyspnoea on daily activities and suggests that an attempt should also be made characterise the different components of the expression of dyspnoea in a given patient because of the multidimensional nature of its symptoms.

Keywords:   dyspnoea, disease assessment, clinical care, symptom distress, diagnosis

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