Breathlessness Management

Non-Pharmacological Breathlessness Management in chronic and Palliative Conditions.

Suitable for: Occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nursing staff, assistants and any other health professionals who wish to learn more tools for a holistic approach to breathlessness management in palliative conditions.


Learning content includes:

  • Breathlessness introduction and overview, including subjective components and considerations for patients with chronic and palliative conditions.
  • Recognising and assessing breathlessness ( with considerations to relevant models, frameworks and standardised assessments)
  • Review if lung function and overview of why and how some palliative conditions cause breathlessness ( physical and psychological)
  • Non-pharmacological breathlessness management, to include:

-An understanding of anxiety and fatigue (including sleep), their physiological and psychosocial interrelationship in breathlessness.

-A variety of ideas, concept practical concepts and interventions to use with clients to reduce to reduce the impact of anxiety and fatigue in breathlessness

-Positioning techniques ( theory/practical)

-Breathing techniques, including fan therapy (theory/practical)

  • Strategies including values, goal selection and practical ideas to help motivate and encourage mobility, exercise, SDLs and improve quality of life.

Within this, we will consider:

  • Effects of breathlessness for patients with palliative conditions at various stages including end of life.
  • Promoting self-management and motivation.
  • Effects on carers/family and relationships, including how carers/family may affect breathlessness and assist management
  • Role/skill appropriate psychological and emotional support.
  • Environmental considerations eg management for patients in hospital/ at home.
  • Chronic and acute episodes of breathlessness.


Teaching Methods:

Various methods will include theory, peer exploration /discussion, practical exercises, practice of practical techniques, examples and client studies.


Date and location:

09th & 10th March 2020, 09:30 – 4:30,

The Ann Robertson Centre, Canterbury.



£195 non-charity

£150 charity or not for profit

This course includes lunch and refreshments.