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Year 2021
July 2021

[Journal article] Palliative Rehabilitation Improves Health Care Utilization and Function in Frail Older Adults with Chronic Lung Diseases

07 Jul 2021

Authors: Han-Yee NeoChun-Wei YapLiang-Ming TeoLiang-Tee LeeHong-Weng TanHui-Ying XuAllyn HumJohn A Abisheganaden

Published in: Journal of American Medical Directors Association, 2021 Jun 18:S1525-8610(21)00515-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2021.05.031.  

Summary points:

  • A stay-in, post-exacerbation palliative rehabilitation program reduces re-admission, hospitalisation length-of-stay and ED visits in patients with chronic lung diseases.
  • Frail older persons with significant deconditioning demonstrates greatest functional improvement with such a program.
  • Early integration of palliative care with functional rehabilitation leads to increased identification and treatment of dyspnea, anxiety and depression.

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