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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) poses a significant economic burden on society, and a substantial portion is related to exacerbations of COPD. A literature review of the direct and indirect costs of COPD exacerbations was performed. A systematic search of the MEDLINE database from...
Aim: To determine if pro-forma based management improves standards of care delivered by junior doctors in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients in the Emergency Department (ED). Introduction: National COPD audits have found large variations in ED standards of care compared to...
Peptic ulcer disease, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and weight loss have been associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Many studies, especially on peptic ulcer and weight loss, are cross-sectional or were done back in the 1960s or 1970s. Our purpose was to learn...
ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes are increasingly used to estimate the burden of disease, as well as to evaluate the quality of care and outcomes of various conditions. Acute exacerbations of COPD (AE-COPD) are common and associated with substantial health and financial burden in the U.S. Whether...
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is now considered as a systemic disease originating in the lungs. The natural history of this disease reveals numerous extrapulmonary manifestations and co-morbidity factors that complicate the evolution of COPD. Recent publications have documented these...
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