An Evidence-Based Approach to COPD: Part 1Corbridge, Susan PhD, APN, ACNP, AE-C; Wilken, Lori PharmD, TT-S, AE-C, BCACP; Kapella, Mary C. PhD, RN; Gronkiewicz, Cindy MS, RN, ACNS-BC, AE-CAJN, American Journal of Nursing: March 2012 - Volume 112 - Issue 3 - p 46–57 doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000412639.08764.21 Feature Articles Abstract Author Information OVERVIEW: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States, affecting as many as 24 million Americans and resulting in 1.5 million ED visits, 700,000 hospital admissions, and 124,000 deaths annually. This article, the first in a two-part series on COPD, outlines current guidelines and other evidence-based recommendations on diagnosing and managing stable COPD in the outpatient setting. Part 2 will appear in a future issue of AJN and will focus on managing acute exacerbations of COPD. Susan Corbridge is director of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center. Lori Wilken is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy and a clinical pharmacist in the Department of Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center. Mary C. Kapella is a research assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. Cindy Gronkiewicz is adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. Contact author: Susan Corbridge, firstname.lastname@example.org. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise. © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.