Journal of General Practice Nursing (GPN) | September 2023

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and comorbid conditions

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and comorbid conditions
Long term conditions

Pages: 20 - 25

Article topics: Assessment, Comorbidities, COPD, Diagnosis, Interventions

For many nurses working in general practice, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a familiar condition. From carrying out annual reviews to supporting people living with the symptoms of cough, phlegm, breathlessness and managing their effect on day-to-day living, most general practice nurses (GPNs) will have some experience of supporting people living with COPD. Increasingly, though, GPNs are having to consider comorbidities as part of the review, as for many people living with COPD, this will be just one of the long-term conditions they have already been diagnosed with or of which they will be at risk. In this article, the relationship between COPD and other long-term conditions will be highlighted, along with recommendations about how to identify and manage comorbidities in order to holistically optimise outcomes.

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