The dyspnea experience: nociceptive properties and a model for research and practice.

B. Steele, J. Shaver

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Abstract

Dyspnea has been defined as the unpleasant sensation of difficult breathing and the reaction to that sensation. Dyspnea research, however, has largely used a unidimensional, sensory model of dyspnea devoid of the affective and motivational dimensions that uniquely characterize this sensation in clinical populations. Dyspnea might be more comprehensively viewed as a nociceptive phenomenon which, like pain, has affective dimensions expressed as distress in response to aversiveness. A multidimensional, ecologic model of the dyspnea experience is presented that incorporates nociceptive sensation properties and is suggestive of new directions for dyspnea research uniquely relevant to nursing science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-76
Number of pages13
JournalANS. Advances in nursing science
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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