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RCP COPD audit – planning for every breath

Posted on: 15 Nov 2018

The National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Audit Programme published the results of the Welsh national primary care audit in 2016. The report, entitled ‘Time to take a breath’, covered services from 2014–15. Key learnings were presented in a webinar hosted on the Primary Care Respiratory Academy

A second report, ‘Planning for every breath’, was subsequently released, in December 2017. This featured data from 82,000 records of COPD patients, from 94% of practices in Wales.


Key findings and quality improvement opportunities are discussed at length, listed under the following headings:

  • Demographics and comorbidities
  • Getting the diagnosis right
  • Assessing severity and future risk
  • Providing high-value care
  • Ensuring equal and equitable care

Recommendations are given for not only primary care clinicians, but also people with COPD, respiratory specialists and systems managers.

RCP COPD audit – Planning for every breath

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