A national strategy for the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in England: aiming to improve the quality of care for patients

Prim Care Respir J. 2008 Dec;17 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):S1-8. doi: 10.3132/pcrj.2008.00071.


This article examines the rationale behind the development of the National Clinical Strategy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in England which will be launched in 2009. It focuses on the burden which COPD places on the healthcare service and the effect it has on patients, and highlights the important steps in the development of the Clinical Strategy. The general recommendations which are likely to be contained within the Clinical Strategy are discussed, as well as the possible implications for primary care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cost of Illness
  • England
  • Humans
  • Primary Health Care
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / diagnosis
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / therapy*
  • Quality of Health Care