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Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Palliative Care of Dyspnea in Patients with Advanced COPD

Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Palliative Care of Dyspnea in Patients with Advanced COPD

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Author(s):  
Janet Campion, MD, Laura Harrison GNP-BC ACHPN, Sue Cassidy ANP-BC ACHPN, Linda Snyder, MD
Sponsor: 
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
POGOe Id: 
20897
Date Posted: 
11/12/2018
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
10/16/2018
Abstract: 

Palliative Care of Dyspnea in Patients with Advanced COPD is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites, they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 

After reading this issue of Elder Care, you should be able to...

  1. List the three key medications used for palliation of dyspnea in patients with end-stage COPD
  2. State the indication for prescribing benzodiazepines for palliation of dyspnea in end-stage COPD
  3. List three non-pharmacological beside interventions for palliation of dyspnea
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as

  1. content is not changed,
  2. no one is charged a fee to use or read the publication,
  3. authors and their affiliated institutions are noted without change, and
  4. the reprint includes the following statement: “Reprinted courtesy of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatric Education Center."

The entire series can be viewed on the website at: http://www.reynolds.med.arizona.edu/EduProducts/ElderCareProviderSheets.cfm

Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Laura Vitkus MPH lvitkus@aging.arizona.edu


Suggested Citation:
Dr. Janet Campion and Dr. Linda Snyder. Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Palliative Care of Dyspnea in Patients with Advanced COPD. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2018 Available from: https://pogoe.org/productid/20897