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International Efforts Directed at Attacking the Problem of COPD*

Suzanne S. Hurd, PhD
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*From the Division of Lung Diseases, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Bethesda, MD.

Correspondence to: Suzanne S. Hurd, PhD, PO Box 34262, Bethesda, MD 20827; e-mail: shurd@prodigy.net



Chest. 2000;117(5_suppl_2):336S-338S. doi:10.1378/chest.117.5_suppl_2.336S
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COPD is the only leading cause of death that is increasing in prevalence worldwide. The lack of international standardization in the diagnosis of COPD means that intercountry comparisons are difficult. This review highlights the Global Initiative for Obstructive Lung Disease, a program aimed at focusing attention on the importance of COPD as a global health problem, and designing and implementing consistent international strategies for effective prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

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