Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and exacerbations: Patient insights from the global Hidden Depths of COPD survey – Springer

To reduce the adverse effects of COPD on patients’ quality of life and address their fears for the future, we need better patient education and improved prevention and treatment of exacerbations.

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CHEST Journal | Article

Co-existing COPD is associated with worse survival outcomes in early-stage NSCLC patients, particularly for men and for SCC.

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CHEST Journal | Article

This longitudinal study in a real-world COPD population that carefully minimized misclassification of exacerbations and the influence of confounding did not show an association of 25-hydroxyvitamin D with exacerbations and mortality.

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The effect of positive expiratory pressure (PEP) therapy on symptoms, quality of life and incidence of re-exacerbation in patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a multicentre, randomised controlled trial — Osadnik et al. — Thorax

We found no evidence that PEP therapy during AECOPD improves important short-term or long-term outcomes. There does not appear to be a routine role for PEP therapy in the management of such individuals.

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Demographic and clinical characteristics associated with quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – Online First – Springer

Findings from this study suggest that the relationships between patient characteristics and common symptoms and QOL differ when disease-specific and generic measures of QOL are evaluated. Additional research is warranted to confirm these findings in COPD patients. Clinicians need to evaluate these common symptoms when planning and implementing symptoms management interventions to improve COPD patients’ QOL.

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Long-acting bronchodilators improve Health Related Quality of Life in patients with COPD

The data coming from the review support the efficacy of long acting bronchodilators in improving HRQoL/HS of COPD patients. Further research evaluating HRQoL/HS as primary outcome and according to guidelines on Patient Reported Outcomes is needed.

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Identifying and Treating COPD in Cardiac Patients

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CHEST Journal | Article

Conclusions:  Patients with COPD have a higher incidence of ICD shocks than those without COPD and appear to benefit from ICD therapy.

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The experiences of palliative care health service provision for people with non-malignant respiratory disease and their caregivers: an all-Ireland study – Mc Veigh – 2013 – Journal of Advanced Nursing – Wiley Online Library

This research will explore the experiences of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Interstitial Lung Disease and Bronchiectasis and their caregivers from the perspective of the bereaved caregiver. The outcomes of this study will provide a critical first step in the development of more responsive palliative care for this client group and have important implications for future practice and policy in the palliative care provided to this client group.

via The experiences of palliative care health service provision for people with non-malignant respiratory disease and their caregivers: an all-Ireland study – Mc Veigh – 2013 – Journal of Advanced Nursing – Wiley Online Library.

BMC Pulmonary Medicine | Abstract | Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and exacerbations: Patient insights from the global Hidden Depths of COPD survey

To reduce the adverse effects of COPD on patients’ quality of life and address their fears for the future, we need better patient education and improved prevention and treatment of exacerbations.

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