Support of an Asthma/COPD service for general practitioners in daily care

A.E.M. Lucas

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An asthma/COPD service supports the General Practitioner with the complicated diagnostics of asthma/COPD by performing lung function measurements, which lung specialist consultants subsequently assess together with a filled out questionnaire. Research into the quality of the asthma/COPD service shows that this diagnostic procedure ‘on paper’ is reliable and just as good as a ‘live’ assessment in the lung specialist’s consulting room. The asthma/COPD service signals misdiagnosis and overtreatment in patients that use medication even before the diagnose is made. Making the right diagnoses and additional advising with these and other diagnostic problems makes the asthma/COPD service a valuable diagnostic provision for General Practitioners and their patients.

Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • van Schayck, Constant, Supervisor
  • Smeenk, Frank, Co-Supervisor
  • Smeele, I.J.M., Co-Supervisor, External person
Award date7 Sept 2012
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789461083210
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • asthma/COPD diagnostics
  • cooperation primary care
  • misdiagnosis

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