Making a diagnosis of COPD

The aim of this programme is to help instil correct COPD diagnosis in practice, identify patients on COPD registers that may not have the condition, and to identify the missing patients who may be living with undiagnosed COPD. Check out the All Wales guideline, TV show and tutorials on the diagnosis of COPD in practice. When you are ready, navigate to the assessment to achieve the certificate.


The Clinical Assessment

Confirming a diagnosis of COPD


The breathlessness pathway

Subjective clinical impression of COPD

Screening or case finding?

Pre and post bronchodilator spirometry

Spirometry and COPD diagnosis

Consider a differential diagnosis

Asthma COPD Overlap Syndrome (ACOS)

The impact of misdiagnosis


All-Wales COPD Management and Prescribing Guideline


Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of COPD

The GOLD report has been used worldwide as a “strategy document” for healthcare professionals to use as a tool to implement effective management programmes based on local healthcare systems. The ABCD assessment tool has been used by many to structure their assessment of COPD symptom burden and create treatment plans.

Quality Assured Diagnostic Spirometry for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

The aim of this article is to provide an overview of the role of Quality Assured Diagnostic Spirometry in ensuring the appropriate diagnosis of COPD.

NICE Quality Standard: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adults

This quality standard covers the assessment, diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD). It does not cover prevention, screening or case finding.

Opportunities to diagnose COPD in routine care in the UK: a retrospective study of a clinical cohort

Patterns of health-care use and comorbidities present in patients in the period before diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are unknown. We investigated these factors to inform future case-finding strategies.

Diagnosis and management of COPD in primary care

A guide for those working in primary care, produced by PCRS-UK, is endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the British Lung Foundation.


Making a Diagnosis of COPD

45-minute case-based assessment

25 multiple choice questions

80% pass mark (20 out of 25)

Unlimited retakes

On successful completion, your certificate will appear under this tab.

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