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What relevance does NICE guidance have to nurses?

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This article tells you about:

  • New guidance on managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • The role of NICE guidelines
  • The key priorities in managing this condition

You would be likely to reference this article if you were researching:

  • COPD
  • Respiratory conditions
  • NICE guidance

In what situations will this article be useful to me?

  • If you are caring for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) either in hospital or out in the community. It will provide a picture of the care that would ensure that patients with this condition have optimal symptom control and quality of life.
  • It is also useful background when working with patients who are smokers to achieve behaviour change. 

Questions for your mentor/tutor

  • What relevance does NICE guidance have to nurses?
  • What are the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation?

Student Nursing Times decoder

  • COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long-term chronic lung condition. It is characterised by narrowing and inflammation of the airways. Its main symptoms are cough and breathlessness. Its main cause is smoking and the lung damage cannot be reversed.
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