Journal article

Differing Approaches to Managing the Chronic Breathlessness Syndrome in Advanced COPD: A Multi-National Survey of Specialists

Natasha Smallwood, David Currow, Sara Booth, Anna Spathis, Louis Irving, Jennifer Philip



This study explored the approaches of respiratory and palliative medicine specialists to managing the chronic breathlessness syndrome in patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A voluntary, online survey was emailed to all specialists and trainees in respiratory medicine in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), and to all palliative medicine specialists and trainees in ANZ and the United Kingdom (UK). Five hundred and seventy-seven (33.0%) responses were received from 1,749 specialists, with 440 (25.2%) complete questionnaires included from 177 respiratory and 263 palliative medicine doctors. Palliative medicine doctors in ANZ and the UK had similar approaches to managing chro..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank: Prof. Danny Liew for initial suggestions regarding the questionnaire design; A/Prof. Brian Le, A/Prof. Lutz Beckert and Dr. Amanda Landers for providing local workforce data. We gratefully acknowledge all the doctors who completed the survey pilot and their recommendations for the final questionnaire. We also thank the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine and the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland for supporting and distributing the survey to their members. We gratefully acknowledge the organisers of the following meetings who allowed us to distribute paper copies of the survey to attendees: the 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference (2015), the 3rd Australian Palliative Care Research Colloquium (2015) and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Victorian Branch Annual Scientific Meeting (2015). In addition, we thank Palliative Care Research Network for providing research funding as a PhD scholarship for Dr. Natasha Smallwood and the Australian Commonwealth Government for support through the Australian Government Research Training Program.