Dyspnea in Patients with Serious Illness
What You’ll Learn
After completing this course, learners will have the tools they need to manage dyspnea, including the physical causes of shortness of breath and the emotional impact on the patient.
Learning outcomes for this course include:
- Describe the clinical presentation of dyspnea
- Discuss the physical and emotional impact of dyspnea on patients with serious illness and their caregivers
- List the four possible mechanisms of dyspnea
- Identify two non-pharmacologic and one pharmacologic strategy for managing dyspnea
- Detail the treatment approach for treating dyspnea with cough
- Discuss the evidence for other dyspnea treatments including sustained release opioids, nebulized furosemide, nebulized opioids, supplemental oxygen, and pleural catheters and thoracentesis.
What You’ll Earn
Only CAPC members who are logged in can earn the following free Continuing Education Credits:
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- Case Management: 1.25 CE
- Nursing: 1.00 CNE, 0.40 Pharmacotherapy
- Social Work: 1.00 CE (NASW)
- Social Work: 1.00 CE (NYSED)
Tools & Resources
Guidance on prevention, diagnosis, and management of COPD. Updated 2018.
Medicare criteria for lung volume reduction surgery in COPD.
Medicare criteria for pulmonary rehabilitation services in COPD.
Adapted from the Opioid Risk Tool questionnaire developed by Lynn R. Webster, MD to assess risk of opioid use disorder. This adapted version uses currently recommended terminology, for example ‘opioid use disorder’ and ‘substance use disorder’.
Etiology, assessment, and treatment of dyspnea at the end of life.
Key terms related to symptom management. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2017.
Course citations. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2021.
Sean M. Marks, MD. Associate Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin.
Brittany Chambers, MPH, MCHES. Associate Director of Education, Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Brynne Hunter, MSIT. Education Technology Project Manager, Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Drew Rosielle, MD, FAAHPM. Palliative Care, Fairview Health Services, University of Minnesota Medical School.
Lolita Melhado, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC. Family Nurse Practitioner/Palliative Care, Gulf Coast Medical Center - Lee Memorial Health System.
Philip Higgins, PhD, LICSW. President, Lighthouse Counseling of Salem, Inc.
Karl Bezak, MD. Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, University of Pittsburgh (UPMC).*
Nora Brennan, RN. Cardiology, University of Pennsylvania Hospital System.
Dara Duncan, RN. Hospice and Palliative Care Registered Nurse, Wiener Family Palliative Care Unit
Mount Sinai Hospital.
Gabrielle Langmann, MD. Clinical Instructor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Master’s of Science in Medical Education Candidate, University of Pittsburgh.*
Ayla Pelleg, MD. Assistant Professor, Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
*indicates ABIM Peer Reviewer
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Provided by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.