Episode 145: Strategies for better diagnosis of COPD in primary care – patient coordinators and the GOLD questions


In this episode, we talk to Professor Stephane Jouneau, Professor in Pulmonology and Dr Anthony Chapron, a GP and Associate Professor from the University of Rennes in France.

Title of paper: Early detection of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary care: a randomised controlled trial

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In primary care, the use of questions adapted from symptoms and risk factors identified by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) coordination to facilitate spirometry access, either alone or combined, facilitates COPD detection.  These interventions are relatively easy to implement in everyday clinical practice and can be adapted for countries in which most GPs are not trained to perform spirometry.

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