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What is palliative care for stage IV chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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You may want to talk to your doctor about palliative care, which focuses on quality of life and easing any pain or other symptoms. You work with a team of doctors, nurses, and social workers to:

  • Set goals for what you want from your care
  • Help you make medical decisions based on those goals
  • Get support for your body, mind, and emotions, such as breathing exercises and how to deal with anxiety
  • Address the needs of your family members and caregivers

From: End-Stage COPD (Stage 4) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: "What You Can Do About a Lung Disease Called COPD."

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: "Stages of COPD and Spirometric Classifications."

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "COPD," "Respiratory Failure."

Medscape: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

CDC: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

YourLungHealth.org: "Stages of COPD."

American Thoracic Society: "Surgery for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease."

European Respiratory Journal : "Palliative and end-of-life care for patients with severe COPD."

American Lung Association: "Palliative Care and COPD."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on July 26, 2019

SOURCES:

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: "What You Can Do About a Lung Disease Called COPD."

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: "Stages of COPD and Spirometric Classifications."

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "COPD," "Respiratory Failure."

Medscape: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

CDC: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

YourLungHealth.org: "Stages of COPD."

American Thoracic Society: "Surgery for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease."

European Respiratory Journal : "Palliative and end-of-life care for patients with severe COPD."

American Lung Association: "Palliative Care and COPD."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on July 26, 2019

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