Diagnosis and management of patients with COPD in primary care
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Diagnosis and management of patients with COPD in primary care

David Lynes Head of education, Respiratory Education UK, University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, Continuing professional development, Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk

This article discusses the diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary care, in the light of recent updates to national guidelines. It describes the use of spirometry, differential diagnosis, treatment options such as pharmacological management, oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation and the management of exacerbations.

Nursing Standard. 25, 8,49-57. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.10.25.8.49.c8069

Correspondence

dave.lynes@respiratoryeduk.com

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review