Breathlessness

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Breathlessness Wednesday 8 March 2017 
Why is this important?

10% of adults and 30% of older adults (65+) suffer from chronic breathlessness. It’s a symptom that is a strong predictor for admission to hospital and premature death. Do these people know they are breathless, or have they just stopped moving to avoid it? How would we know and do we ask?

What will this session cover?

This session will focus on the person suffering from daily disabling breathlessness. We will first explore how to safely assess a patient, determining whether at the time you see them they are having an acute event and then what you need to do to decide whether they can be looked after in the community or at home.

The session will look at the systems, processes, knowledge and necessary tools required to ensure that people with chronic breathlessness are both accurately and completely diagnosed ensuring regular review so that therapies are effective and safe.

What do we do when the causes of breathlessness are optimised - how should we then manage a patient who feels that they are breathless if this is objectively not the case, or who is breathless but their condition cannot be further optimised? What do we know now and where is recent research taking us?”

Learning outcomes
  • Feel more confident in doing a comprehensive assessment of breathlessness
  • Know how to work with people who are breathless when there are multiple causes and choices
  • Know when the patient needs input from a specialty other than the disease-specific team, for example palliative care
 Extra features
  • The webinar will also include a dedicated Q&A session and links to helpful resources
  • The webinar fee includes 30 day on-demand access to the video recording and presentation slides
  • Booking this webinar will give you a 20% discount for BMJ Learning

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