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Palliative care in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Aleksandra Modlińska, Tomasz Buss, Monika Lichodziejewska-Niemierko
Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2007;75(4):383-388.

open access

Vol 75, No 4 (2007)
REVIEWS
Published online: 2007-10-26
Submitted: 2013-02-22

Abstract

Traditionally focusing on terminally ill cancer patients, palliative care services have recently attempted to involve patients with other chronic, life - threatening diseases, e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In this group of patients both quality of life and life expectancy is poor. Unfortunately, patients with COPD don’t receive adequate special medical service, although this progressive disease causes almost as many deaths as lung cancer. The suffering of patients dying from COPD is not smaller than cancer patients. The major symptoms are usually dyspnoe, cough, fatigue, depression, emotional and psychosocial problems. In fact, their needs are really palliative, so we try to pay attention to the quality of life of people suffering from COPD. It is important to underline that medical palliation of these patients falls not only to the management of the main clinical symptoms, but also to adopt a holistic, multiprofessional approach and working with their families and caregivers.

Abstract

Traditionally focusing on terminally ill cancer patients, palliative care services have recently attempted to involve patients with other chronic, life - threatening diseases, e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In this group of patients both quality of life and life expectancy is poor. Unfortunately, patients with COPD don’t receive adequate special medical service, although this progressive disease causes almost as many deaths as lung cancer. The suffering of patients dying from COPD is not smaller than cancer patients. The major symptoms are usually dyspnoe, cough, fatigue, depression, emotional and psychosocial problems. In fact, their needs are really palliative, so we try to pay attention to the quality of life of people suffering from COPD. It is important to underline that medical palliation of these patients falls not only to the management of the main clinical symptoms, but also to adopt a holistic, multiprofessional approach and working with their families and caregivers.
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Keywords

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; palliative care; symptom management

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Title

Palliative care in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 75, No 4 (2007)

Pages

383-388

Published online

2007-10-26

Bibliographic record

Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2007;75(4):383-388.

Keywords

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
palliative care
symptom management

Authors

Aleksandra Modlińska
Tomasz Buss
Monika Lichodziejewska-Niemierko

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