Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

COPD in Primary Care. by Anita Sharma

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

COPD in Primary Care. by Anita Sharma

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COPD in Primary Care. By Anita Sharma Published by Radcliffe Publishing Ltd, 2010. Paperback 158pp. Price £24.99. ISBN 978 18 4 6193163

Over the past 15 years patients with chronic airflow obstruction, usually with a background of cigarette smoking, are now grouped under the diagnostic umbrella of COPD. This has had many benefits as these patients have similar symptomatology, treatments and management needs. Moreover, it has encouraged research into an area that was sadly neglected until about 15 years ago. As the name COPD suggests this is a very chronic condition and the main burden of identifying and managing these patients lies within Primary Care.

Anita Sharma has produced a short book of some 158 pages that is full of information about all aspects of COPD and is written in short note format. Some chapters are in short paragraphs of prose whilst others are simply in bullet points. This style enables a very large amount of detail to be concentrated into a short book. It is best to use it as a resource to dip into rather than try and read it from cover to cover as, by necessity, it is much more like lecture notes. At the end of most of the chapters there are useful boxes outlining key learning points.

The book is divided into a series of chapters all of which deal with specific aspects of COPD. As expected it starts with defining COPD followed by epidemiology, aetiology and risk factors. There is a short section looking at the current national profile of the disease which includes important Primary Care information about QOF. These chapters set the scene and provide useful statistics to have available for patients, colleagues and for commissioners to use in business plans.

Following the introductory chapters there are a number of clinical chapters. …

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