This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

Improving COPD interventions

Written by: | Published:

It is useful to have sample inhalers available in It is useful to have sample inhalers available in the COPD clinic to allow patients to decide what will best suit them

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. It is characterised by airflow obstruction that is not fully reversible.

In Barnet CCG, London, an estimated 16.6% of adults smoke, and smoking rates are high among people living in the most deprived wards who do not normally attend a GP surgery. About 2600 people die in Barnet each year; 440 from a smoking-related disease.1

There is an estimated COPD prevalence of 1.1% (4109 patients) versus the national prevalence of 1.8% (which would equate to 6724 patients), which suggests that approximately 2615 people are potentially undiagnosed in Barnet.2

The author runs respiratory clinics in general practices and a community pharmacy in the borough.


Please login or register to read the rest of the article and to have access to downloads and comments.


What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Most read articles from Practice Nursing Journal

Practice Nursing Journal latest issue and most read articles.

Click here to read a selection of free to access articles from Practice Nursing Journal

Newsletter

Sign up to the newsletter

About

Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.

Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.

Archive

Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team

Authors

Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.