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Rev Mal Respir. 2004 Feb;21(1):117-22.

[The "COPD emergency 2003" study: a description of the hospital management of exacerbations of COPD].

[Article in French]

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Service de Pneumologie et Réanimation, Hôtel-Dieu, Université Paris V, France.



Despite its impact on public health and numerous recommendations COPD remains under-diagnosed and its care pathways are not well known. Exacerbations are common presentations of the illness and contribute greatly to its impact on the health of the individual and the community. Despite this the methods of their management in hospital have not been precisely described. The purpose of the prospective study "COPD emergency 2003" is to describe these different aspects of the management of COPD and to study their determining factors.


It is a prospective, multicentre observational study of all the exacerbations of COPD managed as emergencies in public and private hospitals during a two-month period. Enrolment takes place between October 2003 and January 2004. The analysis will begin when the last patient has been discharged from hospital.


The data obtained will allow identification of those aspects of the management of COPD and its exacerbations that are heterogeneous or in conflict with the current guidelines as well as the patient care pathways. In the future this study should help target the approaches aimed at improving the outcomes of patients suffering from COPD.

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