TITLE

DEATH AND COPD

PUB. DATE
December 2001
SOURCE
Thorax;Dec2001 Supp, Vol. 56, piii18
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents various studies that explore the relation between death and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). According to a study in order to maintain a patient's autonomy there has been an increasing emphasis based on the views of patients when end-of-life decisions are made. COPD is a high morbidity and mortality. The majority of patients have a slow downward decline and there should be ample opportunity for end-of-life discussions to take place. Previous studies of patients with chronic disease have shown that normally these discussions take place at a critical stage in the patient's illness at a time which is acknowledged to be too late.
ACCESSION #
12965114

 

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