Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment of Stable COPD and Acute Exacerbations of COPD: The Swiss Recommendations 2018.

Stolz, Daiana; Barandun, Jürg; Borer, Heinz; Bridevaux, Pierre-Olivier; Brun, Patrick; Brutsche, Martin; Clarenbach, Christian; Eich, Christine; Fiechter, René; Frey, Martin; Geiser, Thomas; Grob, Michael; Helfenstein, Erich; Junker, Lilian; Kohler, Malcolm; Latshang, Tsogyal; Lechmann, Armin; Maurer, Marc; Nicod, Laurent; Quadri, Franco; ... (2018). Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment of Stable COPD and Acute Exacerbations of COPD: The Swiss Recommendations 2018. Respiration, 96(4), pp. 382-398. Karger 10.1159/000490551

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The Swiss National Guidelines 2013 for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have been revised in order to acknowledge recent progress in diagnosis and management of this disease. The resulting new Swiss recommendations are based on best evidence from the literature, the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) 2018 report and other published national guidelines. Misdiagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is common and means that patients do not always receive optimal treatment. To improve the management of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Switzerland, these recommendations encourage a more comprehensive assessment of patients, based on the combined assessment of symptoms, degree of airflow limitation, risk of exacerbation and the presence of comorbidities. Recommendations for evidence-based preventive measures, as well as pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies for the management of both stable and acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are provided in this update.

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Journal Article (Review Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gastro-intestinal, Liver and Lung Disorders (DMLL) > Clinic of Pneumology

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Brun, Patrick; Geiser, Thomas and Grob, Michael


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Rahel Holderegger

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10 Jan 2019 09:21

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10 Jan 2019 09:21

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Exacerbations Recommendations Swiss Treatment Update



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