TY - CHAP A1 - Elisabetta Rovatti A2 - Oreste Capelli A3 - Maria Isabella Bonacini A4 - Imma Cacciapuoti A5 - Antonio Brambilla ED1 - Oreste Capelli Y1 - 2012-04-27 PY - 2012 T1 - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Primary Care - From Diagnosis to Therapy N2 - "Both among scientists and clinical practitioners, some find it easier to rely upon trivial explanations, while others never stop looking for answers". With these surprising words, Augusto Murri, an Italian master in clinical medicine, reminds us that medical practice should be a continuous journey towards knowledge and the quality of care. The book brings together contributions by over 50 authors from many countries, all around the world, from Europe to Africa, from Asia to Australia, from North to South America. Different cultures are presented together, from those with advanced technologies to those of intangible spirituality, but they are all connected by five professional attributes, that in the 1978 the Institute of Medicine (IOM)1 stated as essentials of practicing good Primary Care: accessibility, comprehensiveness, coordination, continuity and accountability. The content of the book is organized according to these 5 attributes, to give the reader an international overview of hot topics and new insights in Primary Care, all around the world. BT - Primary Care at a Glance SP - Ch. 13 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/36836 DO - 10.5772/36836 SN - PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2020-01-22 ER -