An Outcomes Strategy for COPD and Asthma: NHS Companion Document – 11 May 2012

Posted on May 14, 2012. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , , |

An Outcomes Strategy for COPD and Asthma: NHS Companion Document – 11 May 2012

Action plan for respiratory disease treatment published

“A new action plan for treatment of respiratory problems is set out in guidance published today for the NHS.

Some 45 best practice actions are outlined for the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma. The two can be confused due to similar symptoms and understanding the similarities and differences will help doctors provide better treatment. A key part of the new strategy is reducing the variation in COPD diagnosis and care around the country.

COPD kills around 23,000 people per year, and if the new guidelines are followed across the NHS then an estimated 7,800 lives could be saved annually. The NHS currently spends £1bn a year on COPD. It costs nearly ten times more to treat severe COPD than the mild disease, so improved diagnosis rates could deliver significant cost savings too.”

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