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Palliative care and end-of-life issues

David J. Jackson and Sarah L. Elkin

in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199549146
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607273 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199549146.003.0011

Series: Oxford Respiratory Medicine Library

Palliative care and end-of-life issues

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• Palliative care needs of patients with advanced COPD remain unmet. • Despite difficulties predicting the precise prognosis in severe COPD—palliative care input should be considered at all stages. • Breathlessness can be treated with anxiolytics, opioids, and oxygen. • Palliative care involves the management of symptoms but also psychological, social, and spiritual problems. • Anxiety and depression are often overlooked and require treatment.

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Subjects: Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology

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