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Cicely Saunders Institute, International Breathlessness Conference: Report

On 9th May 2013 the department hosted an open International Breathlessness Conference with speakers from across Europe and North America, and over 120 delegates representing patients, carers and a wide range of health and social care professions.

Breathlessness remains a common and distressing symptom in advanced disease but management is challenging and is often unsatisfactory. This conference showcased recent research which has led to better understanding of the symptom as well as new treatment options to improve the care offered to patients and their carers.

Opening sessions covered new classifications of ‘episodes’ of breathlessness, physiological models of breathlessness and emerging research which separates the emotional component of the symptom as a target for treatment. In the afternoon, findings from symptom-led breathlessness clinics, which offer drug and non-drug approaches, were presented and discussed in a round-table format with plenty of debate and participation among delegates.

The event provided delegates with opportunity to learn about work form King’s College London and our key international collaborators, as well as time for reflection on current practice and networking. The programme finished with a roof-top reception to provide light refreshments in time for the Cicely Saunders International Annual Lecture. Delegates provided excellent feedback with an average overall feedback score of 18/20 and many positive comments. 

Speaker presentations are available to view at our resources page

For further information about future events visit our events page.