Journal article

Attitudes to specialist palliative care and advance care planning in people with COPD: a multi-national survey of palliative and respiratory medicine specialists

Natasha Smallwood, David Currow, Sara Booth, Anna Spathis, Louis Irving, Jennifer Philip

BMC PALLIATIVE CARE | BMC | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) guidelines recommend early access to palliative care together with optimal, disease-directed therapy for people with advanced disease, however, this occurs infrequently. This study explored the approaches of respiratory and palliative medicine specialists to palliative care and advance care planning (ACP) in advanced COPD. METHODS: An online survey was emailed to all specialists and trainees in respiratory medicine in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), and to all palliative medicine specialists and trainees in ANZ and the United Kingdom. RESULTS: Five hundred seventy-seven (33.1%) responses were received, with 440 (25.2%) complete questi..

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