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Letters Living and dying with COPD

End of life trajectories across conditions

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 15 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d989
  1. Fliss E M Murtagh, clinical senior lecturer in palliative care1,
  2. Katie Vinen, consultant nephrologist2,
  3. Ken Farrington, consultant nephrologist3,
  4. Donal O’Donoghue, national clinical director for kidney care4
  1. 1King’s College London, Cicely Saunders Institute, London SE5 9PJ, UK
  2. 2King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London SE5 9RS, UK
  3. 3Stevenage Lister Hospital, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 4AB, UK
  4. 4Department of Health (England), London, UK
  1. fliss.murtagh{at}

The findings of Pinnock and colleagues’ study on the longitudinal perspectives of people with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have implications for other non-malignant conditions.1 Some of the findings echo strongly with the experience of people with advanced chronic kidney disease, …

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