Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is characterised by low airflow causing shortness of breath triggered by an abnormal inflammatory response in the lungs, often caused by smoking. 

In contrast to asthma, COPD is poorly reversible over time. The research at AHH combines the knowledge from these respiratory diseases and others in the development of methods for measuring disease progress, effectiveness of treatments and educational programmes for patients living with respiratory lifestyle diseases.​

Publication on the topic 
Adherence to COPD guidelines in general practice: impact of an educational programme delivered on location in Danish general practices​​

​​​​​​Background
The general practitioner is often the first healthcare contact for patients with COPD 

Aim
To determine whether participating in a standardised educational programme delivered in the GP's own practice is associated with adherence to COPD guidelines. 

Methods
A nationwide register-based observational before and after study was undertaken with a control group of propensity-matched practices 

Results
​Participating clinics had a significant increase in preventive consultations and influenza vaccinations 
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