The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued a report on COPD care and management guidelines, including extending access to specialist care to decrease the variation in COPD care.

The National COPD Audit, which was conducted by the Royal College of Physicians, analyzed the quality of health care provided to 13,414 patients who suffer from COPD and were hospitalized between 1 February and 31 April, 2014. Despite improvements in the standardization of care, there is still a quality gap between England and Wales, a problem that the NICE aims to address.

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