The role of patient-centered outcomes in the course of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: how long-term studies contribute to our understanding.

@article{Tashkin2006TheRO,
  title={The role of patient-centered outcomes in the course of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: how long-term studies contribute to our understanding.},
  author={Donald P Tashkin},
  journal={The American journal of medicine},
  year={2006},
  volume={119 10 Suppl 1},
  pages={63-72}
}
In chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the rate of decline in forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) and progression to disability and death are accelerated. COPD management goals include preventing or slowing the progressive loss of lung function, relieving symptoms, improving exercise tolerance and the patient's health status, preventing and treating exacerbations and complications, minimizing side effects of treatment, and reducing mortality. Although lung function is… CONTINUE READING

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