Commissioning guides
Published 01 October 2011

Services for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

This is an extract from the commissioning guide. The complete commissioning guide is available at

4 Specifying services for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

This guide focuses on the following areas of care for people with COPD:

Section 4.1 – Pulmonary rehabilitation

Section 4.2 – Assisted discharge

Section 4.3 – Supportive and palliative care

Section 4.4 – Commissioning high-quality care for people with COPD

Section 4.4 considers the implications for commissioning high-quality care across the whole pathway of services for people with COPD. This includes assessment and diagnosis, smoking cessation, oxygen therapy and the management of anxiety and depression.