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Authors

  1. Hall, Mellisa DNP, ANP/FNP/GNP-BC

Abstract

Obstructive lung disorders are responsible for functional limitations and the deaths of millions of Americans. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is in the top 5 leading causes of death and the incidence is climbing. Home healthcare and hospice nurses should be aware of current management strategies, including nonpharmacologic therapies. A case-study format is used to introduce the subject, a brief review of pathophysiology of COPD and asthma is discussed, and evidence-based treatment strategies are reviewed, including nursing management to improve patient function.