Abstract

This review summarises ongoing developments in personalised medicine and individualised medicine in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Currently applied classification systems largely ignore the complexity and heterogeneity of the COPD syndrome. Personalised medicine has to consider the influence of unique circumstances of the person, which contribute to this heterogeneity and complexity. Pulmonary rehabilitation is described as a comprehensive, individualised intervention based on thorough assessment of identifiable treatable traits. Partnership in care will become a crucial factor to improve and maintain health. Tolerating uncertainty and unpredictability will enrich future doctor-patient relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Article number 170125
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Respiratory Review
Volume27
Issue number147
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2018

Keywords

  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Humans
  • Lung/physiopathology
  • Patient Participation
  • Patient-Centered Care/methods
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Precision Medicine/methods
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive/diagnosis
  • Recovery of Function
  • Respiratory Therapy/methods
  • Risk Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • STATEMENT
  • COMPLEXITY SCIENCE
  • MANAGEMENT
  • PRECISION MEDICINE
  • PHENOTYPES
  • SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION
  • DISEASE

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