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January 27, 2023

Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis



External Validation and User Experiences of the ProPal-COPD Tool to Identify the Palliative Phase in COPD.


Broese JMC, van der Kleij RMJJ, Verschuur EML, Kerstjens HAM, Bronkhorst EM, Chavannes NH, Engels Y
Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2022; 17:3129-3138.
PMID: 36579356.


Difficulty predicting prognosis is a major barrier to timely palliative care provision for patients with COPD. The ProPal-COPD tool, combining six clinical indicators and the Surprise Question (SQ), aims to predict 1-year mortality as a proxy for palliative care needs. It appeared to be a promising tool for healthcare providers to identify patients with COPD who could benefit from palliative care.