Additional evidence for the affective dimension of dyspnea in patients with COPD

Virginia Carrieri-Kohlman, Dor Anne Donesky-Cuenco, Soo Kyung Park, Lynda Mackin, Huong Q. Nguyen, Steven M. Paul

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The primary purpose of this secondary analysis was to determine whether 103 participants with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease rated the affective dimension of dyspnea (dyspnea-related anxiety and dyspnea-related distress) separately from the sensory dimension (intensity) during baseline exercise testing conducted as part of a randomized clinical trial. A secondary purpose was to determine if dyspnea-related anxiety and distress were rated distinctly different from other measurements of anxiety. At the end of a 6-minute walk and an incremental treadmill test, participant ratings of the magnitude of dyspnea-related anxiety and distress on the Modified Borg Scale were significantly different from their ratings of the intensity of dyspnea. Dyspnea-related anxiety and distress also appeared to be concepts independent from measures of state anxiety, negative affect, and anxiety before a treadmill test.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-19
Number of pages16
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Feb
Externally publishedYes


  • Affective dimension
  • Anxiety
  • COPD
  • Dyspnea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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