Project

Home Oxygen therapy: a health technology assessment

Acronym
Home oxygen therapy.
Duration
15 January 2010 → 31 May 2011
Funding
Federal funding: various
Research disciplines
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Palliative care and end-of-life care
    • Regenerative medicine
    • Other basic sciences
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Palliative care and end-of-life care
    • Regenerative medicine
    • Other clinical sciences
    • Other health sciences
    • Nursing
    • Other paramedical sciences
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Palliative care and end-of-life care
    • Regenerative medicine
    • Other translational sciences
    • Other medical and health sciences
Keywords
oxygen therapy
 
Project description

Domiciliary oxygen therapy (or home oxygen therapy) is a treatment that has been shown to improve survival in hypoxernic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients. The two key studies underpinning this evidence are almost 30 years old. Other causes of hypoxemia can also be treated with domiciliary oxygen but the clinical indications are less clear.
Currently there is still a need for clear recommendations about specific groups of patients to be treated, and about the optimal treatment modalities. In establishing such recommendations evidence related to clinical, economic and organisational aspects as well as convenience of therapy must be taken into account. Therefore, the KCE has integrated a health technology assessment (HTA) of home oxygen therapy in its 2009 program.