Approaches to palliative oxygen therapy in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a multi-national survey of specialists

Intern Med J. 2019 Feb;49(2):252-256. doi: 10.1111/imj.14195.


As palliative oxygen therapy (POT) is beneficial only to a minority of patients with chronic breathlessness, it is no longer routinely recommended. This multi-national, online survey of respiratory and palliative medicine specialists, with 440 participants, identified that prescription of POT has decreased over the past decade; however a sizeable proportion of doctors, particularly within palliative care, still support and recommend POT. Further education and research regarding the optimal management of chronic breathlessness are required.

Keywords: attitude; breathlessness; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; oxygen; palliative; survey.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Advance Care Planning / organization & administration
  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Dyspnea / etiology
  • Dyspnea / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internationality
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oxygen Inhalation Therapy*
  • Palliative Care / methods*
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / complications
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / therapy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires