Lennart Nathell

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AIM Among adult asthmatics a major proportion of the cost of illness is attributed to productivity losses and societal costs in connection with sick leave compensation. The aim of the study was to evaluate an extensive structured four-week inpatient rehabilitation programme for asthmatics. METHODS A diagnosis of asthma was made in a structured way among(More)
The aim was to compare the diagnosis of COPD among smokers according to different international guidelines and to compare the outcome when using slow (SVC) and forced vital capacity (FVC). In order to find current smokers a questionnaire was sent to persons who had been on sick leave for more than two weeks. Those who smoked more than 8 cigarettes per day(More)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is mainly caused by smoking, and smoking cessation is the single most important intervention to prevent disease progression. Most studies show that many initially successful quitters relapse within 1 year. Our aim was to study the outcome of a smoking cessation program after 1 and 3 years. Abstinence outcomes in(More)
Bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) is an important research tool for assessing airway inflammation in a variety of inflammatory lung diseases. In chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), BAL recovery is often low, making analysis of the recovered fluid difficult to interpret. The present authors hypothesised that the degree of emphysema may(More)
This study is a prospective multicentre cohort study entitled Work and Health in the Processing and Engineering Industries, the AHA Study (AHA is the Swedish abbreviation for the study). Four large workplaces in Sweden participated during the years from 2000 to 2003. The present report has two objectives: (1) to present a comprehensive occupational health(More)
INTRODUCTION Smoking cessation is the single most effective way to prevent or delay the development of airflow limitation or to reduce its progression in subjects with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The aim of the study was to explore whether performing a spirometry changes attitudes toward smoking cessation. METHOD A random sample of 513(More)
INTRODUCTION Early identification of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the health care system followed by successful smoking cessation may prevent rapid lung function deterioration, development of severe COPD and respiratory failure. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of under-diagnosed chronic(More)
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