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Appropriate Care Guide

Diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — a systematic approach Published on 7 November 2018


This Appropriate Care Guide (ACG) highlights the importance of a thorough assessment of symptoms and risk factors, and to confirm all suspected cases of COPD with spirometry. It incorporates a link to an online list of spirometry services that are open to external referrals. It also includes a supplementary guide on how to interpret a spirometry report.

Download the PDF below to access the full ACG.

Key Messages
1. Establish smoking history in all patients. In current and ex-smokers, check for respiratory symptoms.
2. Consider COPD in all patients 40 and older with risk factors and symptoms.
3. Confirm all suspected COPD cases with spirometry.


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