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By Ricardo Bandeira I am physician
Darcy D Marciniuk, Donna Goodridge, Paul Hernandez, Graeme Rocker, Meyer Balter, Pat Bailey, Gord Ford, Jean Bourbeau, Denis E O'Donnell, Francois Maltais, Richard A Mularski, Andrew J Cave, Irvin Mayers, Vicki Kennedy, Thomas K Oliver, Candice Brown
Dyspnea is a cardinal symptom of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and its severity and magnitude increases as the disease progresses, leading to significant disability and a negative effect on quality of life. Refractory dyspnea is a common and difficult symptom to treat in patients with advanced COPD. There are many questions concerning optimal management and, specifically, whether various therapies are effective in this setting. The present document was compiled to address these important clinical issues using an evidence-based systematic review process led by a representative interprofessional panel of experts...
March 2011: Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society
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