Referral criteria to palliative care for patients with respiratory disease: a systematic review.
Jennifer Philip, Anna Collins, Natasha Smallwood, Yuchieh Kathryn Chang, Li Mo, Ian A Yang, Tamera Corte, Christine F McDonald, David Hui
European Respiratory Journal | European Respiratory Society (ERS) | Published : 2021
BACKGROUND: Advanced non-malignant respiratory diseases are associated with significant patient morbidity, yet access to palliative care occurs late, if at all. AIM: To examine referral criteria for palliative care among patients with advanced non-malignant respiratory disease, with a view to developing a standardised set of referral criteria. DESIGN: Systematic review of all studies reporting on referral criteria to palliative care in advanced non-malignant respiratory disease, with a focus on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and interstitial lung disease. DATA SOURCES: A systematic review conducted and reported according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta..View full abstract