Diagnostic and management challenges in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure: the need for an interdisciplinary approach

S.P. Teo

Department of Internal Medicine, RIPAS Hospital, Brunei Darussalam

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure can be challenging in terms of diagnosis and management, requiring an interdisciplinary approach. Vitale and colleagues indicated the value of collaboration between cardiologist, pulmonologists and general practitioners. Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) may identify other needs requiring allied health professional input, while for those with complex needs, geriatrics and palliative care input may also be appropriate.

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