Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: diagnosis and management
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: diagnosis and management

Gerri Kaufman Lecturer in health sciences, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. However, despite being one of the most common causes of hospital admission, COPD has been a neglected respiratory condition. Nurses working in all care settings can make an important contribution to the care of patients with COPD. This article discusses assessment, diagnosis and management of COPD. Reference is made to recent policy developments, emphasising the importance of transforming care, and improving quality of life and health outcomes for patients.


Nursing Standard. 27, 21,53-62. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.

Received: 04 April 2012

Accepted: 01 October 2012

Published in print: 23 January 2013

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review