Symptom Management for Adults with Serious Respiratory Illness

Publication Date: May 8, 2024
Last Updated: May 8, 2024

Summary of Recommendations

We suggest that multicomponent services should be used to reduce symptoms in people with serious respiratory illness. (C, VL )
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We suggest that graded exercise therapy be used to reduce fatigue in people with serious respiratory illness. (C, L )
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We suggest the use of increased airflow to reduce breathlessness in people with serious respiratory illness. (C, VL )
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We suggest either administering or not administering supplemental oxygen to reduce symptoms in people with serious respiratory illness. (C, L )
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We suggest not using opioids for the treatment of breathlessness in people with serious respiratory illness. (C, VL )
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We suggest that breathing techniques be used to reduce symptoms in people with serious respiratory illness. (C, VL )
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We suggest that needs assessment tools may be used as part of a comprehensive needs assessment, but do not replace patient-centred care and shared decision making. (C, L )
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Recommendation Grading

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Overview

Title

Symptom Management for Adults with Serious Respiratory Illness

Authoring Organization

Publication Month/Year

May 8, 2024

Last Updated Month/Year

May 29, 2024

Supplemental Implementation Tools

Document Type

Guideline

Country of Publication

European

Document Objectives

Respiratory symptoms are ubiquitous and impair health-related quality of life in people with respiratory disease. This European Respiratory Society (ERS) task force aimed to provide recommendations for symptomatic treatment in people with serious respiratory illness.

Inclusion Criteria

Male, Female, Adult, Older adult

Health Care Settings

Ambulatory, Hospital, Outpatient

Intended Users

Nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant, respiratory therapist

Scope

Management

Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D012137 - Respiratory System, D012120 - Respiration Disorders

Keywords

respiratory illness

Source Citation

European Respiratory Society Clinical Practice Guideline on symptom management for adults with serious respiratory illness Anne E. Holland, Anna Spathis, Kristoffer Marsaa, Claudia Bausewein, Zainab Ahmadi, Angela T. Burge, Amy Pascoe, Adelle M. Gadowski, Phil Collis, Tessa Jelen, Charles C. Reilly, Lynn F. Reinke, Lorena Romero, Anne-Marie Russell, Ravijyot Saggu, John Solheim, Guido Vagheggini, Chantal Vandendungen, Marlies Wijsenbeek, Thomy Tonia, Natasha Smallwood, Magnus Ekström European Respiratory Journal Jan 2024, 2400335; DOI: 10.1183/13993003.00335-2024