Barbara J Bernhard-Scharf

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PURPOSE Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients may suffer from poor sleep and health-related quality of life. We hypothesized that disturbed sleep in COPD is correlated with quality of life. METHODS In 180 patients with COPD (forced expired volume in 1 second [FEV(1)] 47.6 ± 15.2% predicted, 77.8% male, aged 65.9 ± 11.7 years), we(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) imparts a substantial economic burden on western health systems. Our objective was to analyze the determinants of elevated healthcare utilization among patients with COPD in a single-payer health system. METHODS Three-hundred eighty-nine adults with COPD were matched 1:3 to controls by age, gender(More)
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