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Evidence-Based Practice

Assessing Dyspnea in Patients With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer in the Acute Care Setting

Michele E. Gaguski
Mary Brandsema
Lani Gernalin
Elizabeth Martinez
CJON 2010, 14(4), 509-513 DOI: 10.1188/10.CJON.509-513

Dyspnea is a common and often overlooked symptom in patients with lung cancer. Oncology nurses are positioned to promptly assess, triage, and intervene to minimize dyspnea, but improved assessment is needed. As a result, this pilot study explores the validity and feasibility of two assessment scales on measuring the perception of dyspnea in patients with non-small cell lung cancer in the acute care setting.

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