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Oxygen therapy is equivalent to room air for alleviating refractory dyspnoea
  1. Joyce R Y Chew
  1. Correspondence to Joyce R Y Chew, Foundation Year 2, General Medicine, Ayr Hospital, Dalmellington Road, Ayr, KA6 6DX, UK; jcruoyi{at}

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Palliative oxygen is commonly used for the treatment of dyspnoea in individuals with life-limiting illness who are ineligible for long-term oxygen therapy despite insufficient evidence for symptomatic benefit. This multicentre study investigated the effectiveness of oxygen compared with room air in this population group.

Between 2006 and 2008, 239 patients …

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