According to Deane, "patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease follow a slowly-declining disease trajectory, punctuated by acute episodes of ill health, until the acute episode that proves to be the fatal one." “More often than not, death is sudden and unexpected”. The only solace to such patients would be to provide a comprehensive care which takes care of the physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual and religious needs of the patients so that they lead a peaceful life until their death. Such a care is known as palliative care. In this project various aspects of palliative care will be discussed which are individualized and tailor-made to a 85 year old patient by name James with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in end-of-life situation.
Palliative care needs of patients with COPD
James is a known patient of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and suffers from severe breathlessness, distress, despair and discomfort. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is a devastating medical illness which causes a great degree of human suffering (GOLD, 2008). It characterized by non-reversible airway obstruction due to either emphysema or chronic bronchitis or both. It is not only a major health issue but also a significant source of economic and social burden. ...Show more