New publication investigates breathless patients’ use of medical objects in a palliative setting
22 June 2020
A new publication from the Life of Breath project focuses on experiences of breathlessness in adults with advanced non-malignant lung disease and their relationship with health objects.
The paper, entitled 'Objects of safety and imprisonment: Breathless patients’ use of medical objects in apalliative setting', was co-written by Professor Havi Carel, medical historian Dr Coreen McGuire, and Kate Binnie, a palliative care music therapist and researcher.
The issue of patients suffering from breathlessness and their relationship with health objects is especially relevant now during the COVID-19 pandemic, where the experiences of breathlessness and dependence on related medical objects have sudden and global relevance.
These objects include ambulatory oxygen, oxygen concentrators and inhalers, and non-pharmacological objects such as self-monitoring devices and self-management technologies.
Binnie K, Carel HH & McGuire C (2020) Objects of safety and imprisonment: Breathless patients’ use of medical objects in a palliative setting