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Short burst oxygen therapy in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a patient survey and cost analysis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15963198     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The prescription of home oxygen cylinders is substantial. This study aimed to establish patient's current use of short burst oxygen therapy in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and to examine potential cost savings if cylinder use had been replaced by a concentrator. An interviewer-administered questionnaire was completed by 100 patients currently receiving short burst oxygen therapy. Patients reported that they used their oxygen before exercise/activity (26%), during exercise (19%), after exercise/activity (87%) and at rest (46%) and mostly for the relief of symptomatic breathlessness. The length of time [mean (SD)] patients had oxygen at home was 27.42 (29.31) months. Of those patients using cylinders, savings could have been made by transferring from cylinders to concentrators. While withdrawal of oxygen may be difficult, an oxygen assessment service could ensure that future prescription is aimed at those who benefit and is delivered by the most cost-effective method.
B O'Neill; J M Bradley; L Heaney; C O'Neill; J MacMahon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of clinical practice     Volume:  59     ISSN:  1368-5031     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Clin. Pract.     Publication Date:  2005 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-06-20     Completed Date:  2005-10-03     Revised Date:  2007-02-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712381     Medline TA:  Int J Clin Pract     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  751-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Health Sciences, University of Ulster, Newtownabbey, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise / physiology
Health Care Costs
Home Care Services / economics
Oxygen Inhalation Therapy / economics,  instrumentation,  methods*
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / therapy*
Time Factors

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