Learning Activity Learning Activity Take some time

Learning Activity Learning Activity Take some time

Learning Activity 4

Learning Activity 4

Take some time to reflect on your own practice, your teams practice and your organisation. This activity is going to give you some information about some recent research that changes views about oxygen therapy.

    1. Read this next article (N.B: there is an alternative suggestion for students of Applied Gerontology), a commentary by Irene Higginson, regarding the recent research which calls into question the use of oxygen therapy for non-hypoxic patients with advanced illness. Also find and read the original article by Abernethy et al. 2010.

Readings 22a (Palliative Care students)

Higginson IJ, 2010, Refractory breathlessness: oxygen or room air?,The Lancet,vol. 376, Sept 4, pp. 746-748.Accessed through Flinders Library eJournals.


Le Blanc TW & Abernethy AP, 2014,Building the Palliative Care Evidence Base : Lessons From a Randomized Controlled Trial of Oxygen vs Room Air for Refractory Dyspnea,J Natl Compr Canc Netw,vol 12, no. 7, pp. 989-992.Access through eReadings.


Reading 22b (Applied Gerontology students)

Dewing J, 1999,Dementia Part 1: person-centred care,Professional Nurse,vol. 14, no. 8, pp. 585-588.Access in eReadings.

  1. Think about Grol and Wensing’s 10 step model for inducing change (Box 3 in their article)

  2. Identify barriers that impact on you, on your team and on your organisation in terms of changing practice regarding oxygen therapy, or, if this is not relevant to your workplace setting then choose another article and another intervention.

  3. Identify one incentive that could be offered immediately, in order to implement evidence based practice to:

    1. you,

    2. your team and,

    3. your organisation