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Intern Med J. 2019 Feb;49(2):252-256. doi: 10.1111/imj.14195.

Approaches to palliative oxygen therapy in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a multi-national survey of specialists.

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1
Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2
Department of Medicine (Royal Melbourne Hospital), The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
3
IMPACCT - Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
4
Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.
5
Department of Palliative Care, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK.
6
Palliative Medicine, Centre for Cancer Research, The University of Melbourne (St Vincent's Hospital), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
7
St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Abstract

As palliative oxygen therapy (POT) is beneficial only to a minority of patients with chronic breathlessness, it is no longer routinely recommended. This multi-national, online survey of respiratory and palliative medicine specialists, with 440 participants, identified that prescription of POT has decreased over the past decade; however a sizeable proportion of doctors, particularly within palliative care, still support and recommend POT. Further education and research regarding the optimal management of chronic breathlessness are required.

KEYWORDS:

attitude; breathlessness; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; oxygen; palliative; survey

PMID:
30754086
DOI:
10.1111/imj.14195

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