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Managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at home

VOL: 97, ISSUE: 12, PAGE NO: 6Rob Angus, MBChB, MRCP, is consultant physician, University Hospital Aintree, LiverpoolMore than 730,000 people in the UK have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (Pauwels, 2000), but this is almost certainly an underestimate, as patients are often not diagnosed until their condition has reached a fairly advanced stage.

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