Frequency and risk factors of COPD exacerbations and hospitalizations: a nationwide study in Greece (Greek Obstructive Lung Disease Epidemiology and health ecoNomics: GOLDEN study)

@inproceedings{Alexopoulos2015FrequencyAR,
  title={Frequency and risk factors of COPD exacerbations and hospitalizations: a nationwide study in Greece (Greek Obstructive Lung Disease Epidemiology and health ecoNomics: GOLDEN study)},
  author={Evangelos Alexopoulos and Foteini Malli and Eirini Mitsiki and Eleni G Bania and Christos Varounis and Konstantinos I. Gourgoulianis},
  booktitle={International journal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease},
  year={2015}
}
BACKGROUND COPD exacerbations and hospitalizations have been associated with poor prognosis for the COPD patient. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the frequency and risk factors of COPD exacerbations, hospitalizations, and admissions to intensive care units (ICUs) in Greece by a nationwide cross-sectional study. MATERIALS AND METHODS A nationwide observational, multicenter, cross-sectional study was conducted in the clinical practice setting of respiratory medicine physicians over a 6 month-period… CONTINUE READING
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