Half of adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the US will be 75 years or older by 2030.1 Patients with COPD often have years of debilitating symptoms that accelerate their loss of independence and well-being. COPD is progressive and incurable; many patients are frail and socially isolated and struggle with long lists of medications. Their care is often chaotic and fragmented, with frequent emergency department visits and hospitalizations.2 Given the limited numbers of geriatricians and palliative care specialists, clinicians who routinely care for patients with COPD should proactively integrate geriatrics and palliative care principles into their daily practice.
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Iyer AS, Curtis JR, Meier DE. Proactive Integration of Geriatrics and Palliative Care Principles Into Practice for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. JAMA Intern Med. Published online April 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.1088
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