Raza HA, Nokes B, Wesselius L, Agrwal N. Long-Term Oxygen Therapy in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Moderate Hypoxemia. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2018;118(10):663–665. doi: https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2018.145.
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Clinical Question: Should long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) be provided to patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who have moderate hypoxemia?
Evidence: Despite existing guidelines recommending LTOT for all patients with COPD and hypoxemia, a decreased mortality rate in patients with COPD and mild or moderate hypoxemia who receive LTOT has not been routinely demonstrated.
Recommendation: Physicians should prescribe LTOT on an individual basis in accordance with patients’ symptoms.
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