According to new GOLD 2013 guidelines, assessment of COPD is based on the patient’s level of symptoms, pulmonary exacerbation history, the severity of the functional impairment, and the identification of comorbidities. Whereas spirometry was previously used to support a diagnosis of COPD, spirometry is now required to make a confident diagnosis of COPD.

Objective of the survey was to analyze the level of exacerbations of COPD patients and the different patterns of management of COPD patients worldwide.

 

A global survey conducted to determine frequency of exacerbations in COPD patients