Cancer nursing practice development: understanding breathlessness

Krishnasamy, M., Corner, J., Bredin, M., Plant, H. and Bailey, C. (2001) Cancer nursing practice development: understanding breathlessness. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 10, (1), 103-108.


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• This paper considers methodological and philosophical issues that arose during a multi-centre, randomized controlled trial of a new nursing intervention to manage breathlessness with patients with primary lung cancer.

• Despite including a diverse range of instruments to measure the effects of the intervention, the uniqueness of individuals' experiences of breathlessness were often hidden by a requirement to frame the study within a reductionist research approach.

• Evidence from the study suggests that breathlessness is only partly defined when understood and explored within a bio-medical framework, and that effective therapy can only be achieved once the nature and impact of breathlessness have been understood from the perspective of the individual experiencing it.

• We conclude that to work therapeutically we need to know how patients interpret their illness and its resultant problems and that this demands methodological creativity.

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Keywords: breathlessness, nursing intervention, multi-centre randomized controlled trial, symptom management research,
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Superseded (SONM) > Superseded (CPE)
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Superseded (SONM)
ePrint ID: 9566
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Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:12

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