About this information

NICE clinical guidelines advise the NHS on caring for people with specific conditions or diseases and the treatments they should receive. The information applies to people using the NHS in England and Wales.

This information explains the advice about the care and treatment of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (which is usually shortened to COPD) that is set out in NICE clinical guidelineĀ 101.

This is an update of advice on COPD that NICE produced in 2004. This information includes the advice that was published in 2004 and the updated 2010 advice.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are an adult with, or suspected of having, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

No, if you have:

  • asthma

  • a condition called bronchopulmonary dysplasia

  • bronchiectasis (a condition that affects the lungs).

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