Causes and treatment of chronic respiratory failure: experience of a national register

Long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) or home mechanical ventilation (HMV) can easily enhance survival time in chronic respiratory failure. A national quality register could be an aid to identifying risk markers and improving therapy for respiratory failure.

The objective of this report is : To recognize risk markers for chronic respiratory failure, particularly when caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). To forecast sex-related differences in the future need of LTOT for COPD and also to research sex related survival rate in COPD patients starting LTOT. To research if HMV works more effectively than LTOT alone in treating chronic respiratory failure brought on by kyphoscoliosis. To examine the usage of quality indicators in LTOT…

Contents: Causes and treatment of chronic respiratory failure

Material and methods
Study design
Study populations
Data analyses
Statistical methods
The individual papers
Sex-related differences in LTOT in COPD (Paper I)
Occupation and pulmonary fibrosis (Paper II)
Ventilation or oxygen in kyphoscoliosis (Paper III)
Quality in long-term oxygen therapy (Paper IV)
Discussion of methodology
Discussion of main results…

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