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COPD quality standard published by NICE

By News Team

A new quality standard on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has been published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

The quality standard includes 13 statements that define high-quality care for COPD patients. These include that COPD patients should have an individualised and comprehensive management plan and that those who smoke are encouraged to stop and offered the full range of evidence-based smoking cessation support.

The standard also states that people with advanced COPD and their carers are offered palliative care that addresses their emotional, physical and social needs.

The total number of NICE quality standards now stands at 10. NICE aims to publish 150 standards by 2015.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11081423

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