Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in over 16s: diagnosis and management
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
An estimated 3 million people have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the UK. About 900,000 have diagnosed COPD and an estimated 2 million people have COPD which remains undiagnosed. Most patients are not diagnosed until they are in their fifties.
This Guidelines summary outlines the key priorities for implementation, and includes a useful treatment algorithm for inhaled therapy.