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Until recently COPD was largely neglected by health professionals and viewed as the Cinderella of respiratory conditions. Many patients were seen as heart-sink cases with a self-inflicted disease. But views are now changing and COPD, like other chronic conditions managed within primary care, has taken on a higher profile within the Government and NHS agenda. This book reflects that change. It looks at the treatment of COPD in primary care: in the GP surgery, in outpatient clinics, and through district and community nursing. COPD management does not depend on purely medical intervention; much can be done to help these patients from a psychological, social and holistic perspective to cope with their everyday activities. Patients lead a frightening existence, struggling to breathe and to cope with their symptoms. The book helps nurses and other healthcare professionals to support these patients.
Foreword by Dr Rupert Jones.
1 The Background to COPD.
2 Presentation of COPD.
3 Diagnosis and Patient Assessment.
4 Investigations to Diagnose COPD.
5 Nonpharmacological Management of Patients with COPD.
6 Pharmacological Management of Patients with Stable COPD.
7 Management of Acute Exacerbations of COPD.
8 Other Treatments in the Management of COPD.
9 COPD and Its Effects on Activities of Living.
10 Palliative Care in Patients with COPD.
11 Specialist Support within Primary Care for Patients with COPD.