Breathlessness IMPRESS Tips (BITs) for patients are one of a set of four BITs based on an IMPRESS programme to develop guidance for clinicians, commissioners, patients and researchers about how to improve the care for people bothered by breathlessness. These BITs bring together information about breathlessness and how to manage and how to cope with it, with support from healthcare professionals.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure explain about two-thirds of the causes of long-term breathlessness. These particular BITs are for adults who experience breathlessness over a period of weeks. They set out a series of things people can do to help to manage their breathlessness, as well as what to do if they become concerned, and further sources of information.