Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

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Sam Ahmedzai, Martin F. Muers
Oxford University Press, 2005 - Medical - 540 pages
Respiratory symptoms such as breathlessness and cough are common in patients with advancing and incurable disease. For example, cancer, chronic cardiac and pulmonary disease, progressive neuromuscular disorders and degenerative disorders all give rise to varying degrees of respiratory distress which adversely affects the patient's quality of life. In recent years, there has been significant growth into the palliation of respiratory symptoms leading to practical ways of giving relief in hospices, hospitals and at home.

The book includes non-malignant respiratory diseases such as tuberculosis in AIDS patients; ventilator-dependent patients and cystic fibrosis and focuses on aetiology and diagnosis and management, emphasizing symptoms, quality of life and psychosocial support. The underlying theme of the book is the application of modern research-based knowledge, in a humane way, for patients with advancing disease.

Aimed primarily at specialists in palliative care, oncology and respiratory physicians; doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and pharmacists will also be interested. The book will appeal to those working in 'acute' specialties such as cardiology or pulmonary medicine, whose patients are not usually considered for palliative care, but in whom relief of distressing respiratory problems could improve the quality of life.
 

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Contents

The nature of palliation and its contribution to supportive care
3
Anatomy and physiology
39
Mechanisms of dyspnoea
93
Assessment of dyspnoea in research
123
Assessment of dyspnoea in clinical practice and audit
135
Part Ill Management of dyspnoea
147
Oxygen and airflow
165
Rehabilitation and exercise
189
Neuromuscular and skeletal diseases
307
Hyperventilation and disproportionate breathlessness
323
Physiology and pathophysiology of cough
341
Chronic cough with a normal chest radiograph
365
The therapy of expectoration
381
Mechanisms of pain associated with respiratory disease
413
assessment
427
Pain in association with respiratory disease
453

Dyspnoea and respiratory muscle training
215
Psychosocial therapies
229
Nutrition and cachexia
239
Upper airflow obstruction
265
Diffuse airflow obstruction and restrictive lung disease
281
Assessment and management of respiratory
463
Comprehensive supportive care in HIV pulmonary disease
487
pulmonary tuberculosis
515
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Sam Ahmedzai, Professor of Palliative Medicine, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK and Martin Muers, Respiratory Physician, Leeds General Infirmary, and Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds, UK

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