An analysis of data about 1,197 patient deaths in Belgium found that 20% of those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were referred to palliative care in the final three months of life, compared with 34.1% of heart failure patients, 37.4% of those with dementia and 60.3% of people with cancer. The study, published in the journal Respiratory Medicine, found that COPD patients were more likely to get curative or life-prolonging treatment during their final week.

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