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Diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: the swiss guidelines. Official guidelines of the swiss respiratory society.

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Russi E W, Karrer W, Brutsche M, Eich C, Fitting J W, Frey M, Geiser T, Kuhn M, Nicod L, Quadri F, Rochat T, Steurer-Stey C, Stolz D,
Project Preventing viral exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in upper respiratory tract infection - The PREVENT study
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Respiration; international review of thoracic diseases
Volume (Issue) 85(2)
Page(s) 160 - 74
Title of proceedings Respiration; international review of thoracic diseases
DOI 10.1159/000346025


The new Swiss Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Guidelines are based on a previous version, which was published 10 years ago. The Swiss Respiratory Society felt the need to update the previous document due to new knowledge and novel therapeutic developments about this prevalent and important disease. The recommendations and statements are based on the available literature, on other national guidelines and, in particular, on the GOLD (Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) report. Our aim is to advise pulmonary physicians, general practitioners and other health care workers on the early detection and diagnosis, prevention, best symptomatic control, and avoidance of COPD as well as its complications and deterioration.