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COPD and Hospice: End-of-Life-Care for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

COPD and Hospice


COPD and Hospice

COPD and hospice are compatible at end-of-life. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the only major chronic disease that is increasing in prevalence and mortality. It is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Despite the hospice care needs of individuals suffering from the end-stages of COPD, only 30-percent of these individuals receive hospice care.

Challenges COPD Patients Face

  • Many patients do not discuss end-of-life planning with their physician
  • COPD is not viewed as a terminal illness by patients or physicians
  • There is a lack of awareness of hospice services provided to COPD patients
  • Difficult to establish an accurate estimation of life expectancy in patients with COPD

When to Consider Hospice Care for COPD Patients

  • Oxygen dependence
  • One or more hospitalizations from COPD in the past year
  • Weight loss, fatigue, weakness, signiciant loss of appitite and/or decreased functional status
  • Co-morbid conditions that could shorten life span
  • 70-years old or older

How Hospice Can Improve Quality of Life for COPD Patients

  • Regularly scheduled home visits by specialized and trained hospice care team (including an RN, LPN, CNA, social worker, chaplain and volunteers). Team members are all specifically trained in COPD evaluation and aggressive symptom management
  • Family education and caregiver support
  • 24-hour seven days a week availability
  • Pain control and symptom management
  • Anxiety and depression management

Why it’s Important

  • Learn about hospice options that are available for COPD end-of-life care
  • Determine the patient’s understanding of COPD and what quality of life means to them
  • Know the specific hospice eligibility criteria for COPD patients

Visit to learn more about how end-stage COPD patients can benefit from hospice care.

Sourced from, Arizona Center on Aging and Halcyon Hospice 

By | 2017-05-20T19:23:11+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Blog, Hospice Care|0 Comments

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