JAMA Network viewpoint recommends incorporating principles of geriatrics and palliative care into routine practice throughout COPD.

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often have years of debilitating symptoms that accelerate their loss of independence and well-being. This JAMA Network viewpoint, written by Dr. Anand S. Iyer, Dr. J. Randall Curtis and Dr. Diane E. Meier, recommends incorporating principles of geriatrics and palliative care into routine practice. Integrating a proactive focus on functional goals, symptom distress, and preparation for the future throughout the long course of COPD can reduce the substantial burden and suffering experienced by patients and their families.

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