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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 15-16
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The Good COPD Guidelines

Dennis Bowie

Canadian Thoracic Society, Canada

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is becoming an increasing problem for health care workers. The World Health Organization predicts that in the year 2020, this disease will be the fifth most prevalent disease worldwide, up from 12th place, and it will be the third most common cause of death, up from sixth place in 1997 (1). Hospitalization and mortality rates for COPD continue to rise in Canada (2). Therefore, the burden of COPD on Canadians, the health care system and physicians is obvious.