Full guideline – June 2010

In December 2018, we updated and replaced this guideline with NICE guideline NG115 on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in over 16s: diagnosis and management.

The December 2018 update saw the expert committee review the evidence on diagnosis and prognosis, inhaled combination therapies, prophylactic antibiotics, oxygen therapy, managing pulmonary hypertension and cor pulmonale, lung surgery and lung volume reduction procedures, education, self-management and telehealth monitoring for COPD. 

A further update then took place in July 2019 where the evidence on inhaled triple therapy for stable COPD and systemic corticosteroids for managing exacerbations was reviewed.

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