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Invisibility of breathlessness in clinical consultations: a cross-sectional, national online survey

Kochovska, Slavica; Chang, Sungwon; Ferreira, Diana; Brunelli, Vanessa N.; Luckett, Tim; Morgan, Lucy; Johnson, Miriam J.; Ekström, Magnus; Currow, David C.


Slavica Kochovska

Sungwon Chang

Diana Ferreira

Vanessa N. Brunelli

Tim Luckett

Lucy Morgan

Magnus Ekström

David C. Currow


Breathlessness diminishes the physical, mental and social wellbeing of people living long-term with this disabling symptom [1]. Identifying its impacts on patients and their families helps to inform appropriate non-pharmacological and pharmacological management [2, 3]. A randomised controlled trial suggests that clinicians are less likely to identify or manage chronic breathlessness than chronic pain [4]. Previous population studies estimate 9.5% of adults experience breathlessness [5], with 1 in 100 individuals being seriously impacted daily [6]. We conducted a population study aimed at identifying the proportion of people with breathlessness who report this symptom in clinical consultations. If discussed, we explored whether patients or clinicians (physicians; nurses) initiated the conversation and, if not discussed, whether patients would welcome such discussions.


Kochovska, S., Chang, S., Ferreira, D., Brunelli, V. N., Luckett, T., Morgan, L., …Currow, D. C. (2022). Invisibility of breathlessness in clinical consultations: a cross-sectional, national online survey. European respiratory journal, 60(5), Article 2201603.

Journal Article Type Letter
Acceptance Date Sep 27, 2022
Online Publication Date Oct 6, 2022
Publication Date Nov 1, 2022
Deposit Date Nov 3, 2022
Publicly Available Date Apr 7, 2024
Journal European Respiratory Journal
Print ISSN 0903-1936
Electronic ISSN 1399-3003
Publisher European Respiratory Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 60
Issue 5
Article Number 2201603
Keywords Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
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