Table 1

Reasons for exclusion after first round of assessment

Reason for exclusionNumber
Described ‘apnoea’—absence of breathing—rather than breathlessness15
Described negation of breathlessness2
Described tachypnoea—abnormally rapid breathing—rather than breathlessness3
Breathlessness related to pregnancy/neonate not pathology2
Described hyperpnoea—increased rate and depth of breathing—not breathlessness1
Description contained the string ‘sob’ but did not describe breathlessness (eg, removal of transobturator tape’)6