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Banzett RBB, Sheridan AR, Baker KM
'Scared to death' dyspnoea from the hospitalised patient's perspective.
The authors collected patients' descriptions of dyspnea in their own words during a parent study in which 156 hospitalized patients completed a quantitative multidimensional dyspnea questionnaire. These volunteered comments provided insights not conveyed by structured rating scales. The researchers organized these comments into the most prominent themes, which included sensory experiences, emotional responses, self-blame, and precipitating events. Patients often mentioned air hunger, anxiety, and fear. Patients' own words can help to bridge the gap of understanding.
Citation: Banzett RBB, Sheridan AR, Baker KM . 'Scared to death' dyspnoea from the hospitalised patient's perspective. BMJ Open Respir Res 2020 Mar;7(1). doi: 10.1136/bmjresp-2019-000493..
Keywords: Respiratory Conditions, Clinician-Patient Communication, Communication