1. Short summary / abstract
The guidelines offer best practice advice on the care of adults who have a clinical working diagnosis of COPD including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic airflow limitations/obstruction. It is relevant to primary and secondary care settings and is a guide to best practice for professionals who work with patients with COPD and make decisions about their care.
It covers diagnostic criteria, identification of early onset of disease and makes recommendations on the management of stable patients, exacerbations and preventing progression of the disease.
The guidelines do not include information on the management of people with asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia and bronchiectasis.
The guidance is based on the evidence available and health professionals are expected to take it fully into account when excising their clinical judgements in this circumstances.
2. What question is the document addressing?
The guidelines offer best practice advice on the care of adults who have a clinical working diagnosis of COPD including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic airflow limitations/obstruction.
3. Type of study
Best practice, Care guidelines, Review
4. Methods valid & appropriate?
The link provides access to the full guideline; an abridged version is available from www.nice.org.uk/CG012quickrefguide Information for the public is also available from the NICE website or from the NHS Response Line (Reference Number N0463)
5. Results / recommendations reliable?
Yes, Produced by National Institute for Clinical Excellence and the National Collaborating Centre for Chronic Conditions
6. Any major problems and biases?
7. Any other important / relevant studies which confirm or contradict?
1. Abridged version - Guidelines for Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – Management of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases in adults in primary and secondary care www.nice.org.uk/CG012quickrefguide
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD airflow obstruction inhaled therapy pulmonary rehabilitation non invasive ventilation chronic bronchitis emphysema chronic airflow limitations
*** Note: These are the views of a professional expert rather than an official statement from his or her society, organisation or advisory committee.
|Post:||Nurse Consultant –Infection Control, DH|
(Society / Organisation / Advisory Committee):
|Member Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens |
Health Protection Adviser Royal College of Nursing P/T
Member Infection Control Nurses Association