Perspectives of patients, family caregivers and physicians about the use of opioids for refractory dyspnea in advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

@article{Rocker2012PerspectivesOP,
  title={Perspectives of patients, family caregivers and physicians about the use of opioids for refractory dyspnea in advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.},
  author={Graeme M. Rocker and Joanne P. Young and Margaret Donahue and Morag Farquhar and Catherine Simpson},
  journal={CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne},
  year={2012},
  volume={184 9},
  pages={E497-504}
}
BACKGROUND A recent national practice guideline recommends the use of opioids for the treatment of refractory dyspnea in patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We conducted two qualitative studies to explore the experiences of patients and family caregivers with opioids for refractory COPD-related dyspnea and the perspectives and attitudes of physicians toward opioids in this context. METHODS Patients (n = 8; 5 men, 3 women), their caregivers (n = 12; 5 men, 7… CONTINUE READING
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