An audit of care provided to patients with COPD

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Nationwide audit of COPD care reveals many aspects of provision have improved, but the number of units with specialist nurses managing COPD caseloads has declined

Hodson M (2015) An audit of care provided to patients with COPD. Nursing Times; 111: 18, 24-25.

The National COPD audit is a five-year programme established to drive service and healthcare quality improvement for patients with COPD in England and Wales. It recently published two reports on the resources and organisation of COPD care in acute units in England and Wales, and on patients admitted to acute units with COPD exacerbations. This article discusses key findings of the audit and makes recommendations to help achieve further improvements.

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