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BACKGROUND The effects of theophylline or anticholinergic agents on exercise capacity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) remain controversial. The aim of the present study was to compare the effect of an oral theophylline with an inhaled anticholinergic agent and to examine the effects of combined therapy on exercise performance(More)
BACKGROUND Guidelines recommend that symptoms as well as lung function should be monitored for the management of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, limited data are available regarding the longitudinal change in dyspnea, and it remains unknown which of relevant measurements might be used for following dyspnea. METHODS We(More)
BACKGROUND Acute exacerbations may cause deteriorations in the health status of subjects with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The present study prospectively evaluated the effects of such exacerbations on the health status and pulmonary function of subjects with COPD over a 6-month period, and examined whether those subjects showed a steeper(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is considered to be a respiratory disease with systemic manifestations. Some multidimensional staging systems, not based solely on the level of airflow limitation, have been developed; however, these systems have rarely been compared. METHODS We previously recruited 150 male outpatients with COPD for(More)
One purpose of measuring health status is to predict future outcomes. The aim of this study was to investigate the ability of health status derived from the Chronic Respiratory Disease Questionnaire (CRQ) to predict mortality in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). One-hundred and forty-three patients with COPD were recruited. Health status, using(More)
Health status or health-related quality of life is being recognized as an important outcome when evaluating patients with chronic pulmonary disease. There is growing literature about health status measures in patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The European Respiratory Journal (ERJ) has published numerous articles on(More)
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