Laura Blackler, Christine Jones and Caroline Mooney. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is increasing rapidly worldwide and it?s predicted that by 2020 it will represent the third leading cause of death. Sadly, this slow–progressing debilitating disease not only affects the individual but also has consequences for the family. More positively, the urgent need to improve the care offered and to raise the public profile of the condition has now been recognised. Healthcare providers play a central role in this, through health education, early diagnosis and better management through all stages of the disease. Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease provides an insight into this debilitative condition. The book aims to develop nurses? and allied health professionals? knowledge and skills in caring for individuals with COPD. It takes the reader on a journey from diagnosis through to end–of–life care and examines: · Initial diagnosis and symptom management...

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