The association of weight with the detection of airflow obstruction and inhaled treatment among patients with a clinical diagnosis of COPD.

@article{Collins2014TheAO,
  title={The association of weight with the detection of airflow obstruction and inhaled treatment among patients with a clinical diagnosis of COPD.},
  author={Bridget F Collins and David H. Ramenofsky and David H. Au and Jun Ma and Jane E Uman and Laura M Cecere Feemster},
  journal={Chest},
  year={2014},
  volume={146 6},
  pages={1513-1520}
}
BACKGROUND Most patients with a clinical diagnosis of COPD have not had spirometry to confirm airflow obstruction (AFO). Overweight and obese patients report more dyspnea than normal weight patients, which may be falsely attributed to AFO. We sought to determine whether overweight and obese patients who received a clinical diagnosis of COPD were more likely to receive a misdiagnosis (ie, lack of AFO on spirometry) and be subsequently treated with inhaled medications. METHODS The cohort… CONTINUE READING
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