Integrated respiratory and palliative care leads to high levels of satisfaction: a survey of patients and carers
Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life of patients and their families when facing life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering . While specialist palliative care originally arose in response to the end-of-life needs of patients with cancer, it’s goals of providing holistic care to manage distressing symptoms, psychosocial and spiritual issues, are equally relevant to patients with advanced, non-malignant diseases. Therefore many guidelines recommend palliative care for patients with the advanced, non-malignant respiratory disease [2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. However, few patients with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) access specialist palliative care . In the United Kingdom (UK) and Australia only 16.7–17.9% of patients with COPD access any specialist palliative care [8, 9, 10].