The UK NSC recommendation on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is currently in consultation. This recommendation is currently being reviewed as part of the UK NSC's regular review cycle of all policies.
The UK NSC welcomes comments and feedback on the expert review during this consultation period.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. People with COPD have difficulties breathing, primarily due to the narrowing of their airways, this is called airflow obstruction.
Typical symptoms of COPD include:
The most recent review of scientific publications on COPD recommended against a national screening programme to detect Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) at an early stage.