Prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Denmark is high and COPD results in many hospital admissions and deaths. The present audit of the quality of COPD care was performed in 2013 in 82 primary care clinics from different parts of Denmark including 1556 patient records. Although the study shows a substantial number of contacts for COPD each year, it also documents a relatively poor registration practice of aspects like smoking status, lung function and dyspnea with only app. 11% of the cases fulfilling adequate registration of the recommended processes of care. Recently, general practice clusters have been introduced with the aim of improving quality of care. It will be interesting to follow how this organizational structure will influence the quality of management of COPD in Danish general practice.
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Management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in general practice in Denmark
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