COPD mis­di­ag­nosed

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A NEW study led by Monash Univer­sity sci­en­tists has found there is a pat­tern of “sys­tem­atic mis­di­ag­no­sis” of chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease (COPD) in Aus­tralia, re­sult­ing in a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of pa­tients re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for a con­di­tion they do not have.

At the same time, their real un­der­ly­ing pul­monary con­di­tion, such as asthma, was not be­ing ap­pro­pri­ately treated.

The two-year lon­gi­tu­di­nal study looked at 41 Mel­bourne gen­eral prac­tices and iden­ti­fied more than 1,000 cur­rent and for­mer heavy smok­ers, and found a third of the par­tic­i­pants had been in­cor­rectly di­ag­nosed as hav­ing COPD.

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