Users' guide to measuring co-morbidity in COPD

Post date: Nov 9, 2016 10:52:22 AM

Comorbidities are common in COPD patients and have a significant impact on patients’ quality of life, exacerbation frequency and survival; however, they are often under-recognized and under-treated. Numerous tools have been identified in the literature that measure comorbidity in chronic disease; however, health care practitioners have little guidance when measuring comorbid conditions in their COPD patients. The User’s Guide employs a succinct, descriptive approach to summarizing the strengths and weaknesses of 8 carefully selected tools which are commonly used by primary care practitioners to assess comorbidity in their COPD patients.

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