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.


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