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Medical News & Perspectives
December 26, 2007

New Tool Helps Primary Care Clinicians With Diagnosis and Treatment of COPD

JAMA. 2007;298(24):2855-2856. doi:10.1001/jama.298.24.2855

New practice guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP) give primary care clinicians a practical, easy-to-use tool for diagnosing and treating patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“It has been increasingly recognized that COPD is a major cause of mortality and morbidity,” said Steven Weinberger, MD, senior vice president for medical education and publishing at the ACP, and an author of the guidelines, which were published in November (Qaseem A et al. Ann Intern Med. 2007;147[9]:633-638).