Quality of Life Changes Over Time in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Gary L. Jones


Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2016;22(2):125-129. 

In This Article


Our understanding of the trajectories and consequences of COPD is becoming more sophisticated. There is good news in that not all patients follow the classic paradigm of accelerated decline, and some of the available therapies are effective at moderating deterioration of lung function and in improving HRQoL. Encouraging daily exercise remains an important component of a therapeutic regimen, and data is emerging to support even more emphasis on a regular walking program to improve symptoms and HRQoL. Even with these efforts, many patients will progress to end-stage disease with severely impaired HRQoL, and it is important to be proactive at managing distressing symptoms and discussing goals of care at the end of life.