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Updated guidelines for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Dunn, Bethany, PA-C, DC

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: January 2019 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 49–51
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000550297.68348.78
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ABSTRACT The 2017 Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease guidelines for the evaluation and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease revise the assessment tool used to evaluate patients, implement a new pharmacologic algorithm focusing on escalation/de-escalation therapy, and recommend new combination inhaled medications. The guidelines also address nonpharmacologic treatments and the importance of identifying and properly managing comorbidities. This article highlights these important changes to clinical practice.

Bethany Dunn is chair and program director of the PA program at D'Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Mark E. Archambault, DHSc, PA-C, department editor

Copyright © 2019 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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