55,000 follow-ups dumped on GPs
GPs can identify COPD patients at increased risk of dying within a year of discharge from hospital by analysing depression, disability and quality of life, a new study suggests.
Researchers found results from a trio of questionnaires could help to pick out patients most in need of palliative care.
Each point on the 21-point Brief Assessment Schedule Depression Cards increased risk of one-year mortality by 13 per cent, according to the study, published in Age and Ageing (September).
Every point higher on the 21-point Manchester Respiratory Activities of Daily Living scale decreased risk of one-
year mortality by 13 per cent.
And each extra point on the 105-point Breathing Problems Questionnaire increased risk by 8 per cent.
Study leader Dr Martin Connolly, senior lecturer in medicine at the University of Manchester, said combining the results into a new risk model could improve the 'patchy' quality of palliative care for COPD.
Dr Connolly said: 'The reason it is patchy in COPD is it is much easier to predict in individuals with cancer which individuals are in need of palliative care. Our step is the first along the line of making that easier to predict.'