Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with a high clinical and economic burden and is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. The management of patients with COPD aims to minimize and control symptoms, prevent exacerbations, and improve quality of life. We provide an illustrated case study of a female patient with typical progression of COPD and describe the diagnosis, assessment, and management strategy, referring to the evidence seen in recent studies that supports the treatment decisions.
- inhaled corticosteroid
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Advanced and Specialized Nursing