In this episode, we talk to Gillian Doe and Rachael Evans, both based at the University of Leicester.
Title of paper: Diagnostic delays for breathlessness in primary care: a qualitative study to investigate current care and inform future pathways
Available at: https://doi.org/10.3399/BJGP.2022.0475
Delays to diagnosis for patients presenting with chronic breathlessness are well described. This study set out to investigate current care for patients awaiting a diagnosis to inform future diagnostic pathways. The data highlight the challenges of symptom recognition, timely investigations, making a positive diagnosis, and difficult consultations. To achieve earlier diagnosis and better outcomes for patients with breathlessness, clinicians need to Ask, Act, and Advise: Ask to understand and validate symptoms, Act to initiate timely investigations, and Advise a positive diagnosis while offering breathlessness relief strategies.