Case-finding for COPD in primary care: a qualitative study of patients’ perspectives

Post date: May 21, 2018 1:47:48 PM

COPD remains largely underdiagnosed. Case-finding is encouraged by many professionals, but there is a lack of information on the patients’ views and perspectives.

Semistructured interviews were conducted with adults, aged 40 years or older with a history of smoking, who were eligible and invited for case-finding for COPD as a part of a large UK primary care trial.

Patient engagement with case-finding may be limited by denial or lack of recognition of symptoms and physical barriers to attendance. Increasing public awareness of COPD risk factors and early symptoms may enhance case-finding.

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