COPD diagnosis, management and prevention

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is currently the fourth leading cause of death worldwide. However, the impact of COPD on public health can be alleviated by prevention and appropriate management using methods based on the latest evidence available. The newest version of the GOLD COPD strategy includes a revised definition of COPD, a refined ABCD assessment tool, discussion of inhaler technique, a shift toward a personalised approach to treatment, and more, to account for recent literature from 2015 and 2016.

This updated 2017 Guidelines summary provides evidence-based advice on the prevention, diagnosis, and management of COPD in primary care.

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