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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298389/screening-for-copd-the-gap-between-logic-and-evidence
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Alan Kaplan, Mike Thomas
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common disease leading to further morbidity and significant mortality. The first step for any condition is to make the appropriate diagnosis, and spirometry barriers abound in practice around the world. It is tempting to undertake mass screening on all smokers to detect COPD. While this would pick up cases of COPD, results of studies of its effect on COPD end-points such as exacerbations, hospitalisations and mortality are disappointing. As such, aggressive case finding of COPD by screening for symptoms that patients may not themselves perceive is very important in primary care, with subsequent spirometry defining the diagnosis...
January 2017: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
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