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Respiratory disease

Charles Shee

in Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780192629609
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730054 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629609.003.0003
Respiratory disease

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This chapter is concerned predominantly with the respiratory and non-respiratory complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It reviews the effectiveness of interventions such as oxygen therapy, drug treatment of breathlessness, and ‘pulmonary rehabilitation’. It suggests that the un-met needs of people with COPD are becoming more apparent and that emphasis needs to shift from management of acute exacerbations towards a more palliative approach to care, focusing on the health and social care interface.

Keywords: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; patient care; oxygen therapy; drug treatment; pulmonary rehabilitation

Chapter.  4859 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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