DoH publishes COPD and asthma strategy

Publication of the DoH's long-awaited COPD and asthma outcomes strategy has been welcomed by lung charities.

The outcomes strategy for COPD and asthma in England calls for practices to stratify asthma patients by their risk of exacerbation and to improve early diagnosis.

As part of the strategy, all patients with COPD or asthma will have a care planning discussion with a healthcare professional.

British Lung Foundation chief executive Dame Helena Shovelton said the charity was ‘delighted’ by the publication the strategy. ‘It will offer improved treatment and care to millions of people suffering with these life threatening and debilitating conditions,’ she said.

Asthma UK chief executive Neil Churchill welcomed ‘this vital strategy’. ‘The NHS has set some challenging outcomes to reduce asthma deaths and emergency hospital admissions and this renewed clinical leadership is timely and important,’ he said.

He added: ‘We hope to see the quality standard on asthma becoming a real benchmark of high quality care, based on all the evidence, which should help to reduce the current unwarranted variation in asthma outcomes across the country.’

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