Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary care: an epidemiologic cohort study from the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network.

@article{Green2015ChronicOP,
  title={Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary care: an epidemiologic cohort study from the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network.},
  author={Michael E Green and Nandini Natajaran and Denis O'donnell and Tyler Williamson and Jyoti Kotecha and Shahriar R Khan and Andrew L Cave},
  journal={CMAJ open},
  year={2015},
  volume={3 1},
  pages={E15-22}
}
BACKGROUND Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is mostly managed within primary care, but there is little Canadian evidence from this setting. This study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of physician-diagnosed COPD in primary care practices, and the degree of comorbidity with other chronic conditions, and to assess patterns of medication prescribing. METHODS The Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network is a national "network of networks" whose member practices… CONTINUE READING