[Suspicion of COPD--development of an algorithm for stepwise diagnosis in primary care]

Z Arztl Fortbild Qualitatssich. 2005;99(3):217-25.
[Article in German]


The implementation of the disease management programme (DMP) for asthma and COPD in the German health system in 2005 requires an optimal and evidence-based work-up of patients by general practitioners in routine daily practice. The German and international guidelines for COPD do not provide recommendations for a stepwise diagnostic work-up in primary care. Therefore, an evidence-based algorithm was developed for a stepwise diagnosis of COPD and its different stages in general practice, based on national and foreign guidelines that provide specific advice on diagnostic procedures.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Chronic Disease
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / standards
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Private Practice / standards
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / diagnosis*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care