Support Care Cancer (2018) 26:1097–1104 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-017-3928-9 ORIGINAL ARTICLE Unpredictable episodic breathlessness in patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer: a qualitative study 1,2 1,2 1,2 1,2 P. Linde & G. Hanke & R. Voltz & S. T. Simon Received: 10 May 2017 /Accepted: 9 October 2017 /Published online: 18 October 2017 Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017 Abstract manner, a trigger could be detected retrospectively for the Purpose The internationally consented definition and catego- majority of cases (mostly emotions (especially panic) and, rization describe two categories of episodic breathlessness: occasionally, physical exertion). Unpredictable episodes are predictable (with known triggers) and unpredictable. The link less frequent than previously assumed. of known triggers only to predictable episodes can be read that Conclusion The unpredictability of unpredictable breathless unpredictable episodes have none known trigger. Our aim was episodes refers to the patients’ experience that these episodes to illuminate patients’ experiences with episodes of unpredict- occur Bout-of-the-blue.^ However, a known trigger can be able breathlessness, to collect descriptions of the episodes’ identified for the majority of unpredictable breathless epi- impact on the patients’ lives, and, in turn, the patients’ indi- sodes. These are therefore triggered as well. Further research vidual coping strategies
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Published: Oct 18, 2017
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