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Palliative care in COPD published by Dove Medical Press


This review analyzes the challenges and the available data regarding palliative care applied to the COPD population and proposes an alternative approach to address the unmet needs of patients with COPD with proactive primary palliative care.

(PRWEB) September 09, 2015

The International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease has published the review "Palliative Care in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: An Unmet Area for Quality Improvement".

As corresponding author Dr Julia Vermylen says "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, and yet, the majority of patients with COPD currently die with unmet needs and without access to Palliative Medicine."

Dr Vermylen continues "This paper is a valuable review of the current international challenges to providing end-of-life care for COPD patients and proposes a new approach of proactive primary palliative care to improve the management of patients with COPD."

As Dr Richard Russell, Editor-in-Chief, explains "This is an important area which has been neglected everywhere in the world. It deserves more coverage and this paper is a good start."

The International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is an international, peer-reviewed journal of therapeutics and pharmacology focusing on concise rapid reporting of clinical studies and reviews in COPD. Special focus will be given to the pathophysiological processes underlying the disease, intervention programs, patient focused education, and self-management protocols. This journal is directed at specialists and healthcare professionals.

Dove Medical Press Ltd is a privately held company specializing in the publication of Open Access peer-reviewed journals across the broad spectrum of science, technology and especially medicine.

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