Examining the effect of adding community-based palliative care on the health-related quality of life of individuals with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease dissertation
Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the leading cause of morbidity and the 5th leading cause of mortality worldwide, affecting more than 200 million people. COPD patients have high rates of healthcare utilization and frequent hospitalizations resulting in high healthcare costs. In addition, COPD causes emotional, psychological, and physical stress for patients and negatively impacts the health-related quality of life (HrQOL) as the disease progresses. Furthermore, spiritual wellbeing is associated with HrQOL in those with serious illnesses, such as COPD, and is a major ...
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