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The COPDX Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2003

David K McKenzie and Peter A Frith
Med J Aust 2003; 178 (6): 1.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of disability, hospital admission and premature death. More than half a million Australians are estimated to have moderate to severe disease,1 and, as the population ages, the burden of COPD is likely to increase. In Australia, only heart disease and stroke contribute more to the overall burden of disease,2 while, in New Zealand, COPD is second only to stroke. COPD ranks fourth among the common causes of death in Australian men and sixth in women. In New Zealand, it ranks third in men and fourth in women.3

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  • David K McKenzie1
  • Peter A Frith2

  • 1 Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, NSW.
  • 2 Respiratory Medicine, Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, SA.

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