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Vol 6, No 3 (2007)
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Published online: 2007-11-07
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Need for palliation in patients with the severe COPD - a questionnaire study

Lucyna Gorska, Malgorzata Krajnik, Iwona Damps-Konstanska, Krzysztof Kuziemski, Ewa Jassem
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2007;6(3):107-110.

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Vol 6, No 3 (2007)
Original articles
Published online: 2007-11-07

Abstract

Background. Traditionally in Poland, palliative medicine and hospice care is focused on patients with malignant diseases. COPD patients, however, also express the need for palliation of symptoms and end-ofthe life support The aim of this study was to assess the opinion of severe and very severe COPD patients on their most distressing chronic symptoms, social activity and the need for additional palliative support.
Material and methods. 26 patients with advanced COPD, staged according to GOLD criteria answered the short questionnaire concerning symptoms, social activities and the need for additional palliative care.
Results. All patients suffered chronic symptoms despite of intensive treatment, the majority of them limited social live and all patients expressed the need for additional palliative support.
Conclusions. Polish pulmonologists and palliative medicine doctors should join the international discussion aiming on the definition of end-of-the life needs of patients with chronic, life-limiting diseases and evaluation of the potential benefits by addition of palliative care.

Abstract

Background. Traditionally in Poland, palliative medicine and hospice care is focused on patients with malignant diseases. COPD patients, however, also express the need for palliation of symptoms and end-ofthe life support The aim of this study was to assess the opinion of severe and very severe COPD patients on their most distressing chronic symptoms, social activity and the need for additional palliative support.
Material and methods. 26 patients with advanced COPD, staged according to GOLD criteria answered the short questionnaire concerning symptoms, social activities and the need for additional palliative care.
Results. All patients suffered chronic symptoms despite of intensive treatment, the majority of them limited social live and all patients expressed the need for additional palliative support.
Conclusions. Polish pulmonologists and palliative medicine doctors should join the international discussion aiming on the definition of end-of-the life needs of patients with chronic, life-limiting diseases and evaluation of the potential benefits by addition of palliative care.
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Keywords

severe COPD; palliative care

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Title

Need for palliation in patients with the severe COPD - a questionnaire study

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 6, No 3 (2007)

Pages

107-110

Published online

2007-11-07

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2007;6(3):107-110.

Keywords

severe COPD
palliative care

Authors

Lucyna Gorska
Malgorzata Krajnik
Iwona Damps-Konstanska
Krzysztof Kuziemski
Ewa Jassem

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