Real-World Observational Study Will Aid in Understanding of Progression of COPD

A new collaboration between the Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University’s MURDOCK Study, and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc will try to better understand how chronic obstructive pulmonary disease progresses in the real world. See more at:

“What are my chances of developing COPD if one of my parents has the disease?”

“What are my chances of developing COPD if one of my parents has the disease?” A systematic review and meta-analysis of prevalence of co-occurrence of COPD diagnosis in parents and offspring Authors Li LSK, Paquet C, Johnston K, Williams MT Published International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 24 January […]

Study Predicts COPD Epidemic in 20 Years, Potentially Overwhelming Healthcare Systems

Abstract COPD is currently one of the leading causes of hospitalizations in industrialized countries. The future burden of COPD is uncertain as the trends in the prevalence of the main risk factors for COPD, namely cigarette smoking and population aging, are moving in opposite directions in many jurisdictions. Here, we […]

The disease burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Greece

This survey provides insightful data regarding the impact of COPD on Greek patients’ everyday life, psychology, and productivity, revealing the increased individual morbidity and the significant burden of this condition on society. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 2016 Volume 2016:11(1) Pages 2179—2189 Authors Kourlaba G, Hillas G, Vassilakopoulos T, […]

Effectiveness of Fluticasone Furoate–Vilanterol for COPD in Clinical Practice

Guidelines on the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are based on numerous randomized, controlled trials of efficacy, which are usually generated for registration purposes. However, these trials have included patients who were selected with the use of strict criteria and were closely monitored, and therefore the results have […]

Pulmonary rehabilitation as a mechanism to reduce hospitalizations for acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Abstract Background  Acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD) have a significant impact on healthcare utilization, including physician visits and hospitalizations. Previous studies and reviews have shown that pulmonary rehabilitation has many benefits but the effect on hospitalizations for AECOPD is inconclusive. Methods  A literature search was carried out to find studies […]

Do self-management interventions in COPD patients work and which patients benefit most? An individual patient data meta-analysis

Self-management interventions exert positive effects in patients with COPD on respiratory-related and all-cause hospitalizations and modest effects on 12-month health-related quality of life, supporting the implementation of self-management strategies in clinical practice. Benefits seem similar across the subgroups studied and limiting self-management interventions to specific patient subgroups cannot be recommended. Authors […]

Incident opioid drug use and adverse respiratory outcomes among older adults with COPD

Nicholas T. Vozoris, Xuesong Wang, Hadas D. Fischer, Chaim M. Bell, Denis E. O’Donnell, Peter C. Austin, Anne L. Stephenson, Sudeep S. Gill, Paula A. Rochon European Respiratory Journal 2016; DOI: 10.1183/13993003.01967-2015 Abstract We evaluated risk of adverse respiratory outcomes associated with incident opioid use among older adults with chronic […]

COPD Respiratory / Asthma Pulmonary System Depression Depression decreases adherence to COPD maintenance medications

Article: Adherence to Maintenance Medications among Older Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: The Role of Depression, ennifer S. Albrecht, Yujin Park, Peter Hur, Ting-Ying Huang, Ilene Harris, Giora Netzer, Susan W Lehmann, Patricia Langenberg, Bilal Khokhar, Yu-Jung Wei, Patience Moyo, and Linda Simoni-Wastila, Annals of the American Thoracic Society, […]