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GOLD recommendations on managing stable COPD

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GOLD recommendations on managing stable COPD

Non-pharmacological treatment

  • is complementary to pharmacological treatment and should form part of the comprehensive management of COPD

After receiving a diagnosis of COPD a patient should be given further information about the condition. Physicians should emphasize the importance of a smoke free environment, prescribe vaccinations, empower adherence to prescribed medication, ensure proper inhaler technique, promote physical activity and refer patients (GOLD B and GOLD E) to pulmonary rehabilitation

Non-pharmacological management of COPD*

Patient Group

Essential

Recommended

Depending on local guidelines

A

Smoking cessation (can include pharmacological treatment)

Physical activity

Flu vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination

Pneumococcal vaccination

Pertussis vaccination

Shingles vaccination

RSV vaccination

B and E

Smoking cessation (can include pharmacological treatment)

Pulmonary rehabilitation

Physical activity

Flu vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination

Pneumococcal vaccination

Pertussis vaccination

Shingles vaccination

RSV vaccination

* Can include pharmacological treatment

Pharmacological

Figures 3.2, 3.7 and 3.9 can be access through the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD). Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 2024 Report.

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