Issue: 2003 > March > editorial

Guidelines and shared care for asthma and COPD

D.S. Postma


Shared-care constructions between general practitioners and pulmonary physicians are seemingly attractive for asthma and COPD patients. Thus they have to be implemented in further guidelines. However, anticipation that rapid changes will occur in treatment options towards optimal disease management justifies rapid adjustments in these strategies and requires investigations as to their ultimate benefit in disease outcome.