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An Outcomes Strategy for COPD and Asthma: NHS Companion Document


Department of Health

Subject Keywords: Chronic Airflow Obstruction
Topic: Chronic Airflow Obstruction (CAO)
Chronic Conditions
Chronic Conditions
Type: Guideline
Region: United Kingdom

A new action plan for treatment of respiratory problems is set out in  this guidance published for the NHS.

Some 45 best practice actions are outlined for the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma. The two can be confused due to similar symptoms and understanding the similarities and differences will help doctors provide better treatment. A key part of the new strategy is reducing the variation in COPD diagnosis and care around the country.

COPD kills around 23,000 people per year, and if the new guidelines are followed across the NHS then an estimated 7,800 lives could be saved annually. The NHS currently spends £1bn a year on COPD. It costs nearly ten times more to treat severe COPD than the mild disease, so improved diagnosis rates could deliver significant cost savings too.

The NHS companion document for the outcomes strategy for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma in England aims to help medical professionals, commissioners and service managers to deliver on the five domains in the NHS Outcomes Framework:

•           reduce mortality

•           improve quality of life

•           help people recover from episodes of ill health

•           deliver a positive patient experience

•           avoid harm.



Rights: © Crown copyright
Suggested citation:

Department of Health. (2012) An Outcomes Strategy for COPD and Asthma: NHS Companion Document [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 22nd August 2019].


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