Tuesday, August 2, 2011

2011 UPDATE of Guidelines on Diagnosis and Management of Stable COPD

Dear Respiratory Friends,
Yesterday in Annals of Internal Medicine was published update of A Clinical Practice Guideline on Diagnosis and Management of Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

This guideline is an official statement of the American College of Physicians (ACP), American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), American Thoracic Society (ATS), and European Respiratory Society (ERS). It represents an update of the 2007 ACP clinical practice guideline on diagnosis and management of stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and is intended for clinicians who manage patients with COPD. This guideline addresses the value of history and physical examination for predicting airflow obstruction; the value of spirometry for screening or diagnosis of COPD; and COPD management strategies, specifically evaluation of various inhaled therapies (anticholinergics, long-acting β-agonists, and corticosteroids), pulmonary rehabilitation programs, and supplemental oxygen therapy.
You can access free of charge this Guidelines:

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