How frequently should a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) be seen by a physician?

Updated: Aug 15, 2019
  • Author: Paul Kleinschmidt, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Answer

Patients with severe or unstable disease should be seen monthly.

When their condition is stable, patients may be seen biannually.

Check theophylline level with each dose adjustment, then every 6-12 months.

For patients on home oxygen, check ABGs yearly or with any change in condition. Monitor oxygen saturation more frequently than ABGs.


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