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COPD management

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COPD management: an integrated approach

IAN YANG, CHRISTINE JENKINS

New approaches, including a multidimensional assessment of symptoms and spirometry, show great promise for improving the management of people with COPD.

COPD: practical aspects of case finding, diagnosing and monitoring

JULIA A.E. WALTERS, ALAN J. CROCKETT, VANESSA M. McDONALD

Earlier and more accurate diagnosis of COPD in general practice enables progression to be slowed and symptoms treated.

Early COPD: how to identify it and is it worth treating?

SABINE C. ZIMMERMAN, CLAUDE S. FARAH, GREGORY G. KING

Identifying patients with mild COPD allows appropriate treatment and helps avoid diagnostic confusion.

Optimising function in COPD: physical activity and pulmonary rehabilitation

JENNIFER ALISON, SUE JENKINS

Encouraging patients to meet the recommended guidelines for physical activity and undertake pulmonary rehabilitation can have a significant positive impact on outcomes.

Managing severe COPD: much can be done

KAREN DETERING, TRACY SMITH, CHRISTINE F. MCDONALD

Management of severe COPD is challenging.Communication about the goals of care and a combination of therapeutic approaches will help patients enjoy a better quality of life.

COPD exacerbations: improving outcomes

PAUL KING

Exacerbations of COPD are extremely common. Early initiation of appropriate therapy and follow-up management is vital to patient outcome.

COPD is complicated: the story of its comorbidities

PETER FRITH

Many conditions coexist with COPD, and each interacts with the others to worsen their impact.

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