Chapter 18. COPD and Asthma in the Elderly

  1. Stephen Jackson Professor of Geriatric Medicine3,
  2. Paul Jansen4 and
  3. Arduino Mangoni5
  1. Martin Connolly1 and
  2. Tina L. Davies2

Published Online: 2 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch18

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

How to Cite

Connolly, M. and Davies, T. L. (2009) COPD and Asthma in the Elderly, in Prescribing for Elderly Patients (eds S. Jackson, P. Jansen and A. Mangoni), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch18

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Clinical Gerontology, King's College Hospital, London, UK

  2. 4

    Department of Geriatric Medicine, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

  3. 5

    Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Flinders University, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Geriatric Medicine, North Shore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

  2. 2

    Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAY 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470024287

Online ISBN: 9780470017975



  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD);
  • diagnoses of COPD and asthma - clinical judgements based on combination of history;
  • COPD producing decrease in peak expiratory flow (PEF) and forced expiratory volume (FEV1);
  • COPD and asthma in elderly;
  • COPD and asthma management;
  • management of exacerbations of COPD;
  • NICE guideline in COPD exacerbations;
  • guideline - recommending use of theophyllines


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Risk factors and triggers

  • Presentation and diagnosis

  • Objective tests

  • Differential diagnoses

  • Management of COPD and asthma

  • Acute asthma

  • Management of exacerbations of COPD

  • Management of stable COPD

  • Conclusion

  • Key Points

  • Learning Resources

  • Guidelines

  • References