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Relieving chronic breathlessness is a human right

David Christopher Currow, Małgorzata Krajnik
Palliat Med Pract 2018;12(1):8-10.

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Vol 12, No 1 (2018)
Review articles
Published online: 2018-05-02

Abstract

Chronic breathlessness, defined as breathlessness that persists despite optimising the treatment of un­derlying causes, is recognised by recent international consensus as a distinct clinical syndrome. Across our communities, population-based studies of chronic breathlessness expose an enormous burden from this. Among the palliative care population, one in four people die with severe breathlessness despite treat­ment from a palliative care service. Recently, the relief of breathlessness was claimed to be a human right, particularly when there are treatments available to alleviate the unnecessary suffering caused by chronic breathlessness. The timely recognition of, and response to chronic breathlessness is a crucial clinical skill.   

Abstract

Chronic breathlessness, defined as breathlessness that persists despite optimising the treatment of un­derlying causes, is recognised by recent international consensus as a distinct clinical syndrome. Across our communities, population-based studies of chronic breathlessness expose an enormous burden from this. Among the palliative care population, one in four people die with severe breathlessness despite treat­ment from a palliative care service. Recently, the relief of breathlessness was claimed to be a human right, particularly when there are treatments available to alleviate the unnecessary suffering caused by chronic breathlessness. The timely recognition of, and response to chronic breathlessness is a crucial clinical skill.   

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Keywords

palliative care, chronic breathlessness, health and well-being, human right, chronic disease

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Title

Relieving chronic breathlessness is a human right

Journal

Palliative Medicine in Practice

Issue

Vol 12, No 1 (2018)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

8-10

Published online

2018-05-02

Bibliographic record

Palliat Med Pract 2018;12(1):8-10.

Keywords

palliative care
chronic breathlessness
health and well-being
human right
chronic disease

Authors

David Christopher Currow
Małgorzata Krajnik

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