A Dyspnea Assessment Tool to Improve Care at the End of Life

Patients at end of life commonly experience dyspnea. Due to cognitive changes that take place before death, some patients may be unable to self-report dyspnea, which requires nurses to accurately assess and initiate symptom management. This study compared nurses’ experiential practice and the use of the Respiratory Distress Observation Scale (RDOS in the assessment and management of dyspnea in patients unable to self-report.

 Link to: J Hospice Palliative Nursing (5/2018) (Open access from Medscape with site registration)