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Even mild COPD harms quality of life

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), even in its mildest form, universally impairs the quality of life in patients throughout European primary care.

The cross-sectional study of 1,817 COPD sufferers in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain found that there were few differences between countries in the reported quality of life.

As might be expected, the study also found that the presence of co-morbidities was associated with a much poorer quality of life.

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  • Not enough is done to diagnose this disease in it's early stages. It accounts for 25% of all hospital admissions and nearly 30,000 deaths per year.

    most patient's don't present until symptomatic and that means they probably already have moderate to severe COPD. Easily diagnosed through spirometry. Come on GP's buy spirometers and train your Practice Nurses how to use them.

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