Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a disease of the airways, characterised by airflow obstruction that is not fully reversible, does not change markedly over several months and is usually progressive. There are currently 900,000 people diagnosed with COPD in the UK, however the predicted prevalence is much higher: it is estimated that there are 2 million people within the UK with undiagnosed COPD.
The CAPTURED study - aims to understand the primary care team (GP, nurse and practice manager) perspectives on case finding for COPD in their practice.
Case find - to detect earlier patients with symptoms of COPD who have not yet been diagnosed. This can ensure effective and appropriate treatment at the early stages of disease in order to slow disease progression; minimise the impact of symptoms and improve quality of life.
Case finding clinics held which found:
“…and then I met the wonderful nurses...and had a consultation. I was given…tablets and just one inhaler for the morning, WHAT a difference, just after one day I felt better than I ever have!”