Your Questions Answered


  • David Halpin, MD, Consultant Physician and Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Exeter, UK

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common diseases in the developed world, and a major cause of morbidity and mortality. As there is no cure, many doctors assume they can do little for patients presenting with this distressing condition, but in fact, new pharmacological therapies giving symptomatic relief and management techniques such as pulmonary rehabilitation can greatly improve patients' quality of life. This book, written by a respiratory specialist in accessible Q and A format provides up-to-date, evidence-based information to enable the primary care practitioner to better understand and treat patients with COPD. It will provide authoritative information for family doctors, patients and their carers, in an attractive and easy to read presentation.
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The books are designed for general practitioners and other health practitioners providing front line care (including nurses)
They also provide informative sources of information for informed patients and their families and carers


Book information

  • Published: October 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-07438-7

Table of Contents

  • Definitions and epidemiology.
  • Pathology and pathophysiology.
  • Diagnosis and prognosis.
  • Management guidelines for COPD.
  • Prevention of COPD.
  • Drug therapy.
  • Treating exacerbations of COPD.
  • Oxygen therapy and non-invasive ventilation.
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation and non-pharmacological management of COPD.
  • Surgical management of COPD.
  • New treatments.
  • Palliative care.
  • Practice organization.
  • Sources of further information.
  • References.
  • List of patient questions.
  • Index.