Background Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a
common condition characterised by breathlessness, cough
and sputum production. However these are nonspecific,
common symptoms which may be misattributed; resulting
in a possible underdiagnosis of COPD.
Objective To outline the current views on COPD diagnosis and
management with a focus on the role of the general
Discussion An initial important step is to consider and confirm the
diagnosis of COPD. Management of COPD focuses on
optimising function, preventing deterioration, developing
support networks and self management, and managing
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