Acupuncture for breathlessness in advanced diseases: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Non-pharmacological approaches are effective strategies for difficult to palliate breathlessness. Whilst acupuncture is effective for dyspnoea in early-stage COPD, little is known about its effects in patients with advanced (non-)malignant diseases.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research

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Nonpharmacological approaches are effective strategies for difficult to palliate breathlessness. Although acupuncture is effective for dyspnea in early-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), little is known about its effects in patients with advanced (non)malignant diseases.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
In conclusion, the burden of extra‐respiratory symptoms in patients with hospitalized for a COPD exacerbatio n is significant and impact significantly on health/functional status.
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In conclusion the burden of extra respiratory symptoms in patients with hospitalized for a COPD exacerbation is significant and impact significantly on health/functional status.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
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To date, opioids have not been shown to improve respiratory measures such as the six minute walk test (6MWT) in the short term. [1] In the longer term, regular, low dose opioids have been shown to reduce the intensity of chronic breathlessness. [2]
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