The UK NSC recommendation on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Find general information about population health screening.
Why is screening not recommended by UK NSC?
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.
The review found that:
More about COPD
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 stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.
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