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Palliative care in COPD patients: is it only an end-of-life issue?

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“The presence of acute or chronic respiratory failure is often seen as a terminal phase of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A great variability in end-of-life practice is observed in these patients mainly because physicians are not always able to correctly predict survival. There is a need for a clear discussion about decision making earlier than when acute respiratory failure ensues.”

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Citation: Carlucci A, Guerrieri A, Nava S. Palliative Care in COPD patients: is it only an end-of-life issue? Eur Respir Rev. 2014; 21(126): http://err.ersjournals.com/content/21/126/347.full.
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