Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has significant impact on morbidity and mortality; this is predicted to increase in terms of severity and numbers in the future. As the disease progresses, the burden of symptoms is considerable for patients and their caregivers, and integration of the palliative care approach, whether generalist or specialist in its delivery, is vital for good palliation within this disease group. How this approach should be integrated within active disease management remains an unanswered question. The challenge for healthcare professionals is to move away from the prognostic uncertainty that characterises COPD to an approach that stimulates a holistic assessment of their needs (palliative and supportive) within the lifelong disease trajectory. Identifying milestones or triggers has been suggested as a better means of recognising and meeting the needs of COPD patients and their caregivers.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||European Respiratory Disease|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Mar 2012|