Most people hear “hospice” and think “cancer,” but many end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients also receive hospice care either at home or an inpatient facility when their caregivers can no longer provide the medical attention they need.
While pain is a frequent occurrence in patients with end-stage COPD, few studies have examined its unique characteristics, until now.
For a recent study published in Palliative Medicine, investigators from research facilities across the United States and Israel retrospectively reviewed the medical charts of 146 patients with terminal diseases who were referred for inpatient hospice care. The researchers teased out unique pain characteristics among 51 end-stage COPD patients, 48 dementia patients, and 47 cancer patients admitted to an acute inpatient hospice setting between April 2011 and March 2012.
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