Patient perceptions of severe COPD and transitions towards death: a qualitative study identifying milestones and developing key opportunities

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Background:Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a slowly disabling illness, with functional limitations and a high burden of symptoms. Palliative care services focus on quality of life for those facing life-limiting illness. Patients with COPD often see their illness as a ‘way of life’, not as a life-threatening illness, which makes the interface… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/npjpcrm.2015.43

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