GPs find COPD but interventions prove harder

Practice nurse teams can identify COPD in its early stages but clinical interventions prove more difficult to implement, a trial from NSW has shown.

A study of COPD case finding carried out by 36 genereal practices in Sydney found that they could identify many new cases of the disease from the practice’s population of current and former smokers, but there was low uptake of interventions.

The practices identified 10,234 patients with a history of smoking who were invited to come in for spirometry assessment by practice nurses who had undertaken a COPD training