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Tackling variation in care of patients with COPD

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Tackling variation in care of patients with COPD

Improving access to specialist care and smoking cessation support are among actions that can help reduce variation in the care of patients with COPD, according to a new report.

The report recommends following NICE’s quality standard on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to help measure improvements made and standardise care.

COPD is a term used to describe a range of lung diseases that cause breathing difficulties, including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.