The prevalence of undiagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a primary care population with respiratory tract infections - a case finding study

@inproceedings{Sandelowsky2011ThePO,
  title={The prevalence of undiagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a primary care population with respiratory tract infections - a case finding study},
  author={Hanna Sandelowsky and Bj{\"o}rn St{\"a}llberg and Anna Nager and Jan Hasselstr{\"o}m},
  booktitle={BMC family practice},
  year={2011}
}
BACKGROUND Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an underdiagnosed cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Prevalence of COPD has been shown to be highly associated with positive smoking history and increasing age. Spirometry is the method used for diagnosing COPD. However, identifying patients at risk of COPD to undergo spirometry tests has been challenging. Therefore, there is a need for new cost-effective and feasible diagnostic screening procedures for use in primary care… CONTINUE READING
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