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Oxygen in Costs of COPD Treatment FREE TO VIEW

Thomas L. Petty, MD
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Co-chairman National Lung Health Education Program (NLHEP)

Correspondence to: Thomas L. Petty, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 1850 High Street, Denver, CO 80218; e-mail: nlhep@aol.com



Chest. 2001;120(4):1427. doi:10.1378/chest.120.4.1427-a
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To the Editor:

I was astonished to read the article by Strassels et al (February 2001).1In the cost analysis of treatment for COPD, the important topic of oxygen was omitted. This is strange, because oxygen is the only therapy for advanced stages of COPD shown, by controlled clinical trials, to alter outcome.2 Although the true number of patients with COPD who are receiving oxygen in the United States is not accurately known, estimates range from 800,000 to 1,000,000. Cost estimates range from $2 billion to $4 billion. Why ignore this important aspect of care and its economic impact? This seems to be a major weakness of the study of the economic burdens of COPD.

Strassels, SA, Smith, DH, Sullivan, SD, et al (2001) The costs of treating COPD in the United States.Chest119,344-352. [CrossRef]
 
Nocturnal Oxygen Therapy Trial Group.. Continuous or nocturnal oxygen therapy in hypoxemic chronic obstructive lung disease.Ann Intern Med1980;93,391-398. [CrossRef]
 

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Strassels, SA, Smith, DH, Sullivan, SD, et al (2001) The costs of treating COPD in the United States.Chest119,344-352. [CrossRef]
 
Nocturnal Oxygen Therapy Trial Group.. Continuous or nocturnal oxygen therapy in hypoxemic chronic obstructive lung disease.Ann Intern Med1980;93,391-398. [CrossRef]
 
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