n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease : guest editorial




This edition of serves to highlight this illness, its complications and extrapulmonary effects, to alert physicians to the clinical management options available, and to dispel the nihilistic attitude of yesteryear. The article by Dr Black provides a pragmatic approach to the diagnosis of COPD, an aspect still poorly performed by many health care workers. This initial step is crucial if we are to make any impact on this chronic disease. Dr Abdool-Gaffar provides a concise state-of-the-art summary of the currently available medications for COPD, as well as an update on newer drugs on the market, while Dr Smith highlights the concept of COPD representing a systemic disease, a move away from the traditional tenet that this is a disease affecting only the lungs. This is followed by Professor Irusen and Dr Plekker addressing the non-pharmacological strategies recommended for patients with COPD, an oft-forgotten aspect of the holistic approach to the patient.


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