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COPD treatment choice should be based on graded assessment

Professor Dave Singh summarises the 2017 GOLD recommendations for the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Professor Dave Singh: University of Manchester, Medicines Evaluation Unit; University Hospital Of South Manchester

Published online: 20 April 2017

Read this article to learn more about:

  • why the refined GOLD 'ABCD' assessment tool separates spirometric grades from the 'ABCD' groups
  • how 'ABCD' groups and their recommended treatments are based exclusively on patient symptoms and history of exacerbations
  • inhaler technique, self-management, pulmonary rehabilitation, and co-morbidities.

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