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Current Situation of Home Oxygen Therapy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients in Korea

Authors
 Joo Kyung Kim  ;  Seung Hun Jang  ;  Sunghoon Park  ;  Joo Hee Kim  ;  Ji Young Park  ;  Kwang Ha Yoo  ;  Young Sam Kim  ;  Seong Yong Lim  ;  Yong Il Hwang 
Citation
 JOURNAL OF KOREAN MEDICAL SCIENCE, Vol.35(4) : e12, 2020-02 
Journal Title
JOURNAL OF KOREAN MEDICAL SCIENCE
ISSN
 1011-8934 
Issue Date
2020-02
MeSH
Aged ; Aged, 80 and over ; Cross-Sectional Studies ; Exercise ; Home Care Services* ; Hospitalization ; Humans ; Oxygen Inhalation Therapy* ; Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive* / therapy ; Quality of Life ; Republic of Korea
Keywords
COPD ; Home Oxygen Therapy ; Health Care Utilization
Abstract
Background: Long-term oxygen therapy provides various benefits, including prolonged survival for severely hypoxic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. However, adequate management strategies for home oxygen therapy are not well established in Korea. This study aimed to explore the current situation of home oxygen therapy to provide basic data for developing a strategy for COPD patients on home oxygen therapy. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, we enrolled COPD patients using home oxygen therapy for at least 1 month. Face-to-face interviews were conducted, guided by a structured questionnaire about home oxygen therapy. Results: A total of195 patients were enrolled. The mean age was 72.6 +/- 9.7 years, and 76.4% of patients were men. The mean modified Medical Research Council, COPD Assessment Test, and EuroQol-5D index scores were 3.4 +/- 0.8, 29.7 +/- 6.8, and 0.35 +/- 0.44, respectively. At rest, patients were prescribed oxygen for 12.5 +/- 7.3 hr/day and used 12.9 +/- 8.5 hr/day on average. During exercise, the mean duration of prescribed oxygen was 6.6 +/- 4.3 hr/day, and the actual use was 1.1 +/- 2.9 hr/day. A total of 25.6% of patients used ambulatory oxygen; with financial burden the main reason for nonuse. The mean number of hospitalizations and emergency room visits were 2.5 and 2.6, respectively. Conclusion: This study revealed low adherence to home oxygen therapy, poor health-related quality of life, frequent hospitalizations, and a high financial burden among COPD patients using home oxygen therapy. The study highlights the need for adequate strategies to improve the quality of home oxygen therapy.
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DOI
10.3346/jkms.2020.35.e12
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Internal Medicine (내과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Young Sam(김영삼) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9656-8482
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/190210
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