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Management of the patient with chronic obstructive airway disease (COPD) in a primary health care context

I. Govender, H. I. Okonta, S. Rangiah, D. Nzaumvila
South African Family Practice | Vol 61, No 5 : September/October| a4944 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/safp.v61i5.4944 | © 2019 I. Govender, H. I. Okonta, S. Rangiah, D. Nzaumvila | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 October 2019 | Published: 28 October 2019

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I. Govender, University of Pretoria, South Africa
H. I. Okonta, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa
S. Rangiah, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
D. Nzaumvila, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

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Abstract

This paper describes the incidence of chronic obstructive airway disease (COPD), the risk factors, staging, investigations and management of COPD. The differential diagnosis for COPD is also presented as COPD can be confused with other clinical conditions. This paper is presented in practical terms for the clinician working in a primary health care context.

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