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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), pp. 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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Published date: 2001
Keywords: breathlessness, nursing intervention, multi-centre randomized controlled trial, symptom management research


Local EPrints ID: 9566
ISSN: 0962-1067
PURE UUID: 02adf598-e52b-4b78-9972-664cba09b5af

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Date deposited: 23 Jan 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:09

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Author: M. Krishnasamy
Author: J. Corner
Author: M. Bredin
Author: H. Plant
Author: C. Bailey

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