Improving end-of-life care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Helen M. Sorenson

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The provision and awareness of the need for end-of-life care has expanded greatly in the past decade. The burgeoning older adult population is obviously a factor in the growth of both hospice and palliative care organizations. Additionally, public awareness and healthcare literacy campaigns have called attention to the plight of those dying in pain. Healthcare professionals have stepped up their initiatives to educate both the patient and family members about the options available to them at the end of life, however many patients with chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) still do not receive adequate palliation of symptoms. This article will highlight some of the issues related to end-of-life care for individuals diagnosed with COPD and offer suggestions on how better care can be implemented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-326
Number of pages7
JournalTherapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • emphysema
  • end-of-life care
  • end-stage lung disease
  • hospice
  • malignancy
  • palliative care
  • terminal care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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