More effective diagnosis and disease prevention

Disease prevention

Smoking cessation is the best way to slow progression of COPD.

The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) definition of COPD emphasizes the importance of persisting airflow limitation associated with an enhanced chronic inflammatory response and occurring as a consequence of inhaled noxious substances.1 Primary prevention of COPD has therefore focused on tobacco control and there is some evidence that this has been important in reducing the burden of COPD.

More effective diagnosis

GOLD has recently updated their strategy document to reflect changes in the recommendations for diagnosing and managing COPD; spirometry is required to diagnose the presence of COPD. A post-bronchodilator FEV1 / FVC <0.70 confirms the presence of COPD. A clinical diagnosis should be considered in any patient who has dyspnoea, chronic cough or sputum production and/or a history of exposure to risk factors.1

References

  1. Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD): Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of COPD. 2013. www.goldcopd.org

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