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Reduce breathlessness in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Western Sydney Local Health District

  • Translational Research Grants Scheme
Date Funded:
  • 31 May, 2017
Chief Investigator/s:
  • Professor John Wheatley

This research project will determine whether an integrated care approach using non-pharmacological interventions in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can reduce breathlessness, with consequent improvement in quality of life and reduction in health care utilisation and hospital admissions.

It is hypothesised that this approach will help patients to experience better mastery of breathlessness and a reduction in breathlessness, leading to increased quality of life and reduced inappropriate health care utilisation.

This study has the potential to generate world-wide interest in this novel approach to managing breathlessness in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is likely that the non-pharmacological interventions will become the standard of care for patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and would become incorporated into routine clinical practice.

Collaborators: Agency for Clinical Innovation