COPD care has improved but could still be better, audit finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 11 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h731
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

All patients admitted to hospital with a flare-up of their chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) should receive a respiratory specialist opinion within 24 hours, seven days a week, a national audit has recommended.

COPD: Who Cares Matters,1 led by the Royal College of Physicians, shows that care has improved in many areas since the last audit in 2008 but that many patients with emphysema and chronic bronchitis are still not seen by respiratory specialists, particularly at weekends.

The audit, part of the National Clinical Audit Programme,2 examined the …

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