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The care of advanced COPD patients

Iwona Damps-Konstańska, Katarzyna Świętnicka, Marzena Olszewska-Karaban, Dorota Grabowska, Izabela Malicki, Agata Borysiewicz, Ewa Jassem
Medycyna Paliatywna w Praktyce 2016;10(1):8-13.

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Vol 10, No 1 (2016)
Review articles
Published online: 2016-08-22

Abstract

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a fourth cause of mortality worldwide. The 20% of COPD patients in Poland suffer from advanced disease. COPD usually gets gradually worse over time. In advanced COPD prognosis is bad. The main goal of management patients with advanced COPD is reducing symptoms: shortness of breath, cough, fatigue and often occurring depression and anxiety. The treatment prevents acute exacerbations of the disease. Exacerbations are the cause of the decrease of the quality of life and the risk factor of death. World Health Organization recommends in chronic diseases to integrate the action of the medical and the non-medical stuff (welfare and volunteers). Medical University of Gdansk developed ‘Pomeranian Model of Integrated Care for Patients with advanced COPD’. The main goal of it was to decrease the number of exacerbations (especially requiring the hospitalization) and in result, limit the cost of care, improve the quality of life of patients with advanced COPD and to help them to cope with disease.

Abstract

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a fourth cause of mortality worldwide. The 20% of COPD patients in Poland suffer from advanced disease. COPD usually gets gradually worse over time. In advanced COPD prognosis is bad. The main goal of management patients with advanced COPD is reducing symptoms: shortness of breath, cough, fatigue and often occurring depression and anxiety. The treatment prevents acute exacerbations of the disease. Exacerbations are the cause of the decrease of the quality of life and the risk factor of death. World Health Organization recommends in chronic diseases to integrate the action of the medical and the non-medical stuff (welfare and volunteers). Medical University of Gdansk developed ‘Pomeranian Model of Integrated Care for Patients with advanced COPD’. The main goal of it was to decrease the number of exacerbations (especially requiring the hospitalization) and in result, limit the cost of care, improve the quality of life of patients with advanced COPD and to help them to cope with disease.

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Keywords

advanced COPD, integrated care, end-of-life COPD

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Title

The care of advanced COPD patients

Journal

Palliative Medicine in Practice

Issue

Vol 10, No 1 (2016)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

8-13

Published online

2016-08-22

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Medycyna Paliatywna w Praktyce 2016;10(1):8-13.

Keywords

advanced COPD
integrated care
end-of-life COPD

Authors

Iwona Damps-Konstańska
Katarzyna Świętnicka
Marzena Olszewska-Karaban
Dorota Grabowska
Izabela Malicki
Agata Borysiewicz
Ewa Jassem

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