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Palliative care in COPD-web survey in Sweden highlights the current situation for a vulnerable group of patients.

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Susann Strang
Ann Ekberg-Jansson
Peter Strang
Lars-Olof Larsson
Publicerad i Upsala journal of medical sciences
Volym 118
Nummer/häfte 3
Sidor 181-6
ISSN 2000-1967
Publiceringsår 2013
Publicerad vid Institutionen för medicin, avdelningen för invärtesmedicin och klinisk nutrition
Institutionen för vårdvetenskap och hälsa
Sidor 181-6
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.3109/03009734.2013.80...
Ämnesord Care management, COPD, holistic care, palliative care, survey
Ämneskategorier Omvårdnad, Palliativ medicin

Sammanfattning

Abstract Background. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common cause of death. Despite the heavy symptom burden in late stages, these patients are relatively seldom referred to specialist palliative care. Methods. A web-based survey concerning medical and organizational aspects of palliative care in COPD was distributed to respiratory physicians in Sweden. There were 93 respondents included in the study. Results. Palliative care issues were regularly discussed with the patients according to a third of the respondents. About half of the respondents worked in settings where established routines for co-operation with palliative units were available at least to some extent. Less than half of the respondents (39%) were aware of current plans to develop palliative care, either as a co-operative effort or within the facility. Palliative care is focused on physical, psychological, social, and existential dimensions, and the proportions of respondents providing support within these dimensions, 'always' or 'often', were 83%, 36%, 32%, and 11%, respectively. Thus, to treat the physical dimensions was perceived as much more obvious than to address the other dimensions. Conclusions. The survey indicates that the priorities and resources for palliative care in COPD are insufficient in Sweden. The data, despite limitations, reveal a lack of established team-work with specialized palliative care units and actual plans for such co-operation.

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