Management of stable COPD.
until further notice
SourcePatient Education and Counseling, 52, 3, (2004), pp. 225-229
Article / Letter to editor
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Epidemiology, Biostatistics & HTA
Patient Education and Counseling
SubjectEBP 1: Determinants in Health and Disease; UMCN 1.5: Interventional oncology; UMCN 2.1: Heart, lung and circulation
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a systemic disease with major impact worldwide. In the treatment of COPD a holistic approach should be taken. In order to reach this, an individual treatment plan should be made which includes at least elements of smoking cessation, optimisation of pulmonary status by pharmacotherapy and exercise embedded in a new lifestyle. Furthermore, more research on nutritional and metabolic intervention strategies for COPD patients is needed. With the availability of all these treatment options, a nihilistic attitude toward the patient with COPD is no longer justified.
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