Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Edited by Terry Robinson and Jane E. Scullion

in Oxford Handbook of Respiratory Nursing

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199226238
Published online August 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199597970 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Medical Handbooks

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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This chapter covers the causes and risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pathophysiology, epidemiology, differential diagnosis, investigations, assessment of the COPD patient, COPD management strategies, pharmacotherapy, drug delivery systems in COPD, other therapies, acute exacerbations of COPD, management of exacerbations, treatment of exacerbations of COPD, oxygen, assisted ventilation, nursing care, respiratory nurse specialists, follow-up post-exacerbation, routine follow-up of COPD patients in primary care, other treatment modalities, complications of COPD, palliative care, the multidisciplinary team, and self-management.

Chapter.  12150 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology

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