Donna Goodridge, RN, PhD
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

Advanced non-malignant lung diseases, such as COPD and ILD, are associated with significant suffering and mortality. Although evolving therapies have prolonged survival and improved disease management, distressing and debilitating symptoms, such as dyspnea, cough and fatigue, can create persistent high levels of symptom burden. A palliative approach, offered in conjunction with disease-directed therapies, can be incorporated into the care of persons with advanced non-malignant disease many years before death. Early integration of a palliative approach to care in patients with advanced respiratory illnesses is increasingly recognized as an evidence-based approach to alleviating symptom burden and promoting quality of life. This session will provide a synthesis of the literature with respect to emerging models of integrated palliative and respiratory care. This will be followed by an interactive, case-based session highlighting common clinical scenarios encountered in caring for patients with advanced non-malignant respiratory disease.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the key principles of palliative care;
  • Describe models and outcomes of early integration of a palliative approach for respiratory patients; and
  • Apply the principles of palliative care to the care of patients with advanced respiratory diseases.

CanMEDS Roles Addressed: Communicator, Health Advocate, Medical Expert, Professional