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The goals of COPD treatment are to

  • reduce long-term lung function decline
  • prevent and treat exacerbations
  • reduce hospitalizations and mortality
  • relieve disabling dyspnoea
  • improve exercise tolerance and health-related quality of life
  • prevent and treat complications (1,2)

To reach these goals, an effective management plan should be initiated which should include the following components:

  • assess and monitor disease
  • reduce risk factors
  • manage stable COPD
  • manage exacerbations (2)

GOLD have defined a flow chart as to how the different actions and factors in management of COPD interact (3):

© 2020, Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, available from www.goldcopd.org, published in Fontana, WI, USA.

An explanation of the combined ABCD tool in GOLD (3):

© 2020, Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, available from www.goldcopd.org, published in Fontana, WI, USA.

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Last edited 02/2021 and last reviewed 02/2021

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