The Impact of Regular, Low-Dose, Sustained-Release Morphine for Chronic Breathlessness on Caregiver Burden: An Exploratory Analysis of The BEAMS Trial

Chronic breathlessness adversely impacts people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and their caregivers (family and friends), who may, in turn, experience significant burden due to their caregiving role. Sustained-release morphine may reduce chronic breathlessness in some patients, which may have an impact on caregivers’ perceived burden. This study aimed to explore the impact on caregiver burden of active treatment of people with chronic breathlessness and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with regular, low-dose, sustained-release morphine within a multi-site, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial.

Link: Palliative Medicine (11/2023)