Developing criteria to assist in the palliative phase of COPD

Trueman, Ian and Trueman, Jacqui (2011) Developing criteria to assist in the palliative phase of COPD. British Journal of Nursing, 20 (6). pp. 364-369. ISSN 0966-0461


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For people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hospital admission can be associated with a poor prognosis. Consequently, the end-stage of the illness needs to be recognized for timely palliative care to be initiated. Tools to enhance the palliative phase, such as the Gold Standards Framework and the Liverpool CarePathway, rely on the recognition of the final phase of a person's life. The illness trajectory of cancer makes this recognition far easier than for COPD, and as a result, many patients and their families manage at home with limited support. The Lincolnshire Respiratory Network has developed criteria to help recognize the end stage of COPD, which correlate well with recommendations from the Consultation on a Strategy for Services for COPD in England (Department of Health, 2010). However, there needs to be appropriate training to assist practitioners in their confidence to refer patients with end-stage COPD to palliative care providers

Keywords:Palliative Care, COPD, End of Life, Prognosis
Subjects:L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:22228
Deposited On:13 Feb 2016 19:48

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