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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease part 1: smoking cessation

Donna Jones District nurse sister, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, Shrewsbury, England

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is common in the UK and causes a significant burden to patients and the NHS. Healthcare provision for COPD is largely focused on biomedical treatment, yet research suggests the complexity of factors contributing to this disease requires a deeper understanding of the patient experience and a more holistic approach to the provision of care. Smoking cessation is the single most cost-effective and significant way to slow the disease progress and improve outcomes for patients. However, barriers to smoking cessation are higher in patients with COPD than in other groups, requiring different approaches. This is part one of a two-part article, which focuses on patients with COPD caused by smoking. The second part will focus on non-pharmacological therapy.

Nursing Standard. 29, 33, 52-57. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.33.52.e9671


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 11 October 2014

Accepted: 23 January 2015