Simple, Low-cost Tests May Help Identify Undiagnosed COPD in China

Simple, Low-cost Tests May Help Identify Undiagnosed COPD in China

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Simple, Low-cost Tests May Help Identify Undiagnosed COPD in China

Low-cost screening involving a questionnaire and a breathing test may help identify patients with undiagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a study conducted in China has found. Among the combinations tested, the Chinese symptom-based questionnaire (C-SBQ) combined with microspirometry — a test that measures how much air a patient can breathe out in one forced breath — provided the best way of spotting those in need of treatment for COPD. “COPD develops slowly, resulting in…

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