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

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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-256
Number of pages5
JournalInternal Medicine Journal
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

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

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