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NICE: Hospitals should refer patients with suspected COPD to GP-led spirometry

 

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NICE: Hospitals should refer patients with suspected COPD to GP-led spirometry

GPs should consider spirometry testing for patients who are incidentally found to have signs of COPD on a chest X-ray or CT scan.

The new draft NICE guideline for COPD, the first to be published since 2010, says hospitals should refer these patients back to their GP for further testing. The draft guideline is open for consultation until 8 August 2018.