Journal article

Chronic breathlessness in advanced cardiorespiratory disease: patient perceptions of opioid use.

Thomas Moran, Dominica Zentner, James Wong, Jennifer Philip, Natasha Smallwood

BMJ Support Palliat Care | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Low-dose oral opioids may improve severe chronic breathlessness in advanced cardiorespiratory diseases. Prescription of opioids for breathlessness occurs infrequently however, with little known about patients' attitudes towards their use in this setting. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore patients' perceptions regarding opioids for the management of severe chronic breathlessness in people with advanced cardiorespiratory disease. METHODS: A cross-sectional, qualitative study was undertaken using outpatients with severe chronic breathlessness due to either severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or chronic heart failure (CHF). Indepth, semistructured interv..

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