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Palliative home oxygen: practical framework for clinicians
  1. Shaun Chew and
  2. Holly Young
  1. Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, Croydon, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shaun Chew, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, Croydon, UK; shaun.chew{at}


The British Thoracic Society 2015 guidelines on home oxygen use in adults have been pivotal in guiding clinicians on the use of long-term oxygen therapy in improving survival outcomes for patients. However, guidance for use of home oxygen in the palliative care setting has not been as robust owing to the lack of evidence-based studies. Therefore, this narrative review aims to provide a clinical framework on the use of palliative home oxygen therapy by considering its prognostic and symptomatic benefits as well as offering pragmatic advice for palliative home oxygen in end-of-life care.

  • End of life care
  • Palliative Care
  • Dyspnoea

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  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it was published online. Figure 1 has been updated.

  • Contributors S.C. and H.Y. conceived the initial clinical question. S.C. reviewed the current available evidence, drafted the initial article, and developed the framework outlined in this review. H.Y. supervised and performed peer review of the work presented. S.C. performed subsequent revisions under guidance and supervision of H.Y.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer-reviewed.