New guidelines aim to improve management of COPDBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7452.1336-a (Published 03 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1336
- Susan Mayor
New guidelines issued jointly this week by the American Thoracic Society and the European Respiratory Society aim to improve provision of information on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to patients and to encourage healthcare professionals to optimise its prevention and treatment.
These are the first guidelines to be developed jointly by the two societies and have been produced in a web based format to make them accessible to patients and professionals throughout the world (www.thoracic.org/COPD/default.asp). They are evidence based updates of previous guidelines that the two societies developed separately in 1995. One part of the guidelines, for health professionals, is designed to improve …