Misdiagnosis of COPD and asthma in primary care patients 40 years of age and over.

@article{Tinkelman2006MisdiagnosisOC,
  title={Misdiagnosis of COPD and asthma in primary care patients 40 years of age and over.},
  author={David G. Tinkelman and David J Price and Robert J. Nordyke and Ronald J Halbert},
  journal={The Journal of asthma : official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma},
  year={2006},
  volume={43 1},
  pages={75-80}
}
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is often misdiagnosed as asthma, leading to inappropriate treatment and suboptimal patient outcomes. As part of a prospective study of patients with a history consistent with obstructive lung disease, we compared prior diagnostic labels with a study diagnosis based on spirometric results. We enrolled persons 40 years of age or older with prior diagnoses or medications consistent with obstructive lung disease. Patients were recruited via random… CONTINUE READING
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