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Journal of General Practice Nursing (GPN) | September 2015

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Respiratory disorders: one step forward and two steps sideways

Respiratory disorders: one step forward and two steps sideways
Long-term conditions

Article topics: Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Education, Guidelines, Respiratory disorders

Respiratory disorders, in particular asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), have been recognised for many years and remain among the most common chronic long-term conditions that are seen in primary care. Despite the development of guidelines, standards and effective treatments, both diseases continue to carry a high morbidity and mortality, a significant societal cost in terms of lost school and work days, and high consultation and admission rates.This article follows the development of our knowledge of these common disorders and looks at how far we have progressed in our diagnosis, knowledge and treatments, as well as what the future may look like in terms of care management and treatment options.

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