This report finds that two-thirds of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients in Wales receive the flu jab – one of the most high-value treatments to stop exacerbations of the disease.

The report, the second published by the RCP’s National COPD Audit Programme as part of the Welsh government’s clinical audit and outcome review programme, also finds that although nearly four out of five COPD patients were asked about their smoking status, only 12.5% of current smokers were prescribed a smoking cessation pharmacotherapy and a behavioural change intervention in the last 2 years. Tobacco smoking is the cause of COPD in the vast majority of people, and smoking cessation interventions help slow the decline of the lung function and reduce exacerbation rates.