Lifting the invisibility of dyspnea: a clinical and ethical challenge

This ERS Vision Live panel discussion focused on the clinical and ethical challenges of dyspnea.

The expert panellists discussed key areas, including:

• The existential experience of dyspnea and its invisibility

• Experiential learning to sensitize medical trainees to dyspnea

• Raising the public awareness of dyspnea: lessons from the COVID era


  • Prof. Thomas Similowski – Head of the respiratory, critical care, pulmonary rehabilitation, and sleep medicine at la Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital, Paris, France.
  • Prof. Capucine Morélot-Panzini – Professor of Pulmonology at the Sorbonne University Medical School in Paris. Specialized in unexplained dyspnea and chronic respiratory failure, she heads the Department of Respiratory Medicine of the Pitié-Salpétrière University Hospital (Paris).


  • Prof. Havi Carel – Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol. She studies the experience of illness, death, and phenomenology.
  • Prof. Nicholas Hopkinson – Professor Nicholas Hopkinson is based at The National Heart and Lung Institute of Imperial College on the Royal Brompton Hospital Campus.
  • Dr. Maxens Decavèle – PhD student at Sorbonne University, conducting fundamental and clinical studies in respiratory neurophysiology.
  • Dr. Laure Serresse – Dr Laure Serresse has been a palliative care specialist at Pité-Salpêtrière Hospital (Paris, France) for 10 years.

Lifting the invisibility of dyspnea: a clinical and ethical challenge

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