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Morphine for management of refractory dyspnoea

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 27 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1288

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  1. D C Currow, professor of palliative and supportive services (,
  2. Amy P Abernethy, research fellow (,
  3. Peter Frith, consultant (
  1. Department of Palliative and Supportive Services, Division of Medicine, Flinders University of South Australia, Bedford Park, SA 5042, Australia
  2. Respiratory Medicine Department, Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, SA 5042, Australia

    EDITOR–We did not include spirometry data for patients, although they are available. The only source of patients with the diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in this study was a specialist respiratory clinic in a tertiary hospital and the diagnosis was not reconfirmed on entry to the study. Spirometry is a diagnostic criterion for the disease, but indicators of severity of disease …

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