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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Obstructive lung diseases, which include emphysema and chronic bronchitis, are commonly referred to as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. Less than one-half of people labeled with this disease have actually undergone diagnostic testing to confirm the diagnosis. The test can be obtained at the time of the initial office visit and consists of blowing forcefully into a machine known as a spirometer.

Once the diagnosis is confirmed, a program of medication, exercise and patient education is prescribed to enable the patient to avoid acute illness, maximize their exercise ability and improve their quality of life.

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High Performing in COPD Care

In 2023, U.S. News & World Report recognized UF Health in Jacksonville as high performing in the care of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Clinical Trials: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

UF Health research scientists make medicine better every day. They discover new ways to help people by running clinical trials. When you join a clinical trial, you can get advanced medical care. Sometimes years before it's available everywhere. You can also help make medicine better for everyone else. If you'd like to learn more about clinical trials, visit our clinical trials page. Or click one of the links below: