Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is increasing rapidly worldwide and it's predicted that by 2020 it will represent the third leading cause of death. Sadly, this slow-progressing debilitating disease not only affects the individual but also has consequences for the family. More positively, the urgent need to improve the care offered and to raise the public profile of the condition has now been recognised. Healthcare providers play a central role in this, through health education, early diagnosis and better management through all stages of the disease.

Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease provides an insight into this debilitative condition. The book aims to develop nurses' and allied health professionals' knowledge and skills in caring for individuals with COPD. It takes the reader on a journey from diagnosis through to end-of-life care and examines:

  • Initial diagnosis and symptom management
  • Smoking cessation
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • The management of acute episodes
  • The role of each member of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Quality of life, including nutrition, fatigue management and leisure activities
  • The future for the care and management of people with the condition.

Healthcare professionals from multi-disciplinary teams have contributed to this book to demonstrate that a co-ordinated approach for these patients is required across both primary and secondary care. Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease can be utilised by nurses and allied health professionals caring for patients at all stages of their disease.


Laura Blackler, Practice Development Nurse, Kings College Hospital, London, UK.

Christine Jones, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, Kings College Hospital, London, UK.

Caroline Mooney, Community Respiratory Nurse Specialist, Luton Treatment Centre, UK.


List of Contributors.


Introduction (Laura Blackler, Christine Jones and Caroline Mooney).

1 Pathophysiology (Sunny Kaul).

2 Diagnosing COPD (William D.C. Man).

3 Symptom Management.

3.1 Pharmacological Management (PatriciaYerbury, Paul Bains and Vijay A. Selvan).

3.2 Adherence/Concordance (Caroline Mooney).

3.3 Nebulised Therapy at Home (Christine Jones).

3.4 Long-term Oxygen Therapy (Laura Blackler).

3.5 Surgical Interventions (Andrew Menzies-Gow).

4 Smoking Cessation (Sunny Kaul).

5 Pulmonary Rehabilitation (Amy Grant and Lauren Moore).

6 Quality of Life.

6.1 Fatigue Management (Tanya Navarro).

6.2 Nutrition and Healthy Eating (Richard C. Wilson).

6.3 Continence (Sue Foxley).

6.4 Sleep (Laura Blackler).

6.5 Travel and Holidays (Caroline Mooney).

6.6 Vaccinations (Caroline Mooney).

6.7 Sexuality (Christine Jones).

7 Psychological Needs and Interventions (Linda Fisher).

8 Management of COPD in the Community (Patrick White).

9 Management of Acute Exacerbations in Hospital (Jacqui Fenton).

10 Non-Invasive Ventilation (Tracey Mathieson).

11 End-of-Life Care (Fliss Murtagh, Mary Preston and Claudia Bausewein).

12 The Future for the Care and Management of Individuals with COPD (Laura Blackler, Caroline Mooney and Christine Jones).


Appendix Useful Organisations.



“It is a book I will be returning to and would recommend to anyone involved in the management of COPD, clinically or educationally. It will be informing my practice and I recommend it as a very useful resource.” (International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, June 2010)

"This is an excellent book at a reasonable price, written by very well qualified clinicians within the field and would be a very valuable resource for those caring for individuals with COPD." (Journal of Community Nursing, January 2009)

"There is an excellent overview of the management of COPD in the community." (Primary Health Care, July 2008)