Management of stable COPD

Paul Van Der Valk*, Evelyn Monninkhof, Job Van Der Palen, Gerhard Zielhuis, Cees Van Herwaarden

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a systemic disease with major impact worldwide. In the treatment of COPD a holistic approach should be taken. In order to reach this, an individual treatment plan should be made which includes at least elements of smoking cessation, optimisation of pulmonary status by pharmacotherapy and exercise embedded in a new lifestyle. Furthermore, more research on nutritional and metabolic intervention strategies for COPD patients is needed. With the availability of all these treatment options, a nihilistic attitude toward the patient with COPD is no longer justified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-229
Number of pages5
JournalPatient education and counseling
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • COPD
  • Exacerbations
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Optimisation of lung function
  • Self-management
  • Self-treatment of exacerbations
  • Smoking cessation
  • Treatment


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