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Fast Facts: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Patients with COPD often make few complaints despite experiencing considerable disability. As well as the characteristic shortness of breath, the disease is associated with a number of comorbidities that can present major clinical problems. However, with early recognition and intervention, further deterioration can be prevented, and lung function, general health status and functional ability improved.


The easy-to-read, highly accessible format of this practical resource has been designed so that all primary care providers, specialist nurses, junior hospital doctors, paramedics, medical students and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the diagnosis and management of COPD can get up to speed on this multifaceted disease, fast! With clear take-home messages, it will also serve as a useful overview for researchers and specialists reading outside their subject area.


Review quotes

“A well-structured and comprehensive book that will benefit respiratory nurses and all healthcare professionals with a respiratory interest.”

Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists


“This easy-to-read, well-illustrated book provides an accessible yet comprehensive introduction to COPD, for doctors, nurses and therapists. Recommended.”

Dr John Hurst, Honorary Consultant & Reader Respiratory Medicine, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust / University College London


“A balanced and complete picture of where we are with our understanding and management of COPD. The authors succeed more in 150 pages than most other larger textbooks on this topic.”

Jørgen Vestbo, Professor of Respiratory Medicine University of Manchester, UK

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