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COPD in the Nepean Blue Mountains Region

10 October 2017

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has been revealed as the second most common cause of preventable hospitalisations nationally and the leading cause of preventable hospitalisations in the Nepean Blue Mountains region.

GPs are encouraged to ‘Have the CHAT’ with their patients if you recognise COPD symptoms:

  • Coughing more than usual
  • Harder to breathe than usual
  • Any change in sputum (phlegm) colour and/or volume
  • Tired more than usual (less active)

NBMPHN is currently working with 15 regional practices involved in the COPD Collaborative program. Through training and quality improvement initiatives, the COPD Collaborative is supporting General Practice in improving care for COPD patients.

 

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