GPs have difficulty differentiating between asthma and COPD, according to a survey
The survey of 776 GPs, conducted by doctors.net.uk, identified that 80% find differentiating between the asthma and COPD quite or very challenging.
Twenty-four per cent were trained to carry out spirometry testing and 1 in 10 do not have appropriately trained staff to carry out or interpret spirometry testing.
Twenty-six per cent do not have the training to interpret spirometry testing.
BLF calls for restesting
TheBritish Lung Foundation has called for mass retesting of everyone over 35 with asthma or COPD because of confusion among GPs over the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions.