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Is COPD code wrong in the blue book?

In the article on COPD and the quality and outcomes framework (Features, February 9) is is recommended that the code H32 is used for COPD as taken from the BMA/NHS Confederation blue book.

This code has the preferred term 'emphysema' and, although it is one of the codes that will be detected for the COPD population in the contract query specfications, it is not a suitable code to use for all COPD. I believe this was an error in the blue book.

Dr K Lefevre

Clinical Research Fellow

PCCIU/SPICE-pc project

Department of General Practice and Primary Care

University of Aberdeen

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