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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: treatment and management

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: treatment and management

From this module you will learn:

  • Treatment options for stable COPD
  • Treatment options for exacerbations
  • Non-pharmacological management
  • Advice and information pharmacists can offer patients

Download a printable PDF of this module – including the five-minute test – here.

Treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is aimed at preventing and controlling symptoms, reducing the severity and number of exacerbations, increasing exercise tolerance and reducing mortality.(1) The approach to treatment should involve an appropriate assessment of the disease state, pharmacological and non-pharmacological measures, patient education, reduction in risk-factor exposure, and the prevention and treatment of acute exacerbations. A multidisciplinary approach is needed, as this has been shown to increase the patient’s quality of life and reduce the number of hospital admissions.(1)

While treatment options can be viewed as a

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