Toward a consensus definition for COPD exacerbations.

  title={Toward a consensus definition for COPD exacerbations.},
  author={Roberto Rodr{\'i}guez-Rois{\'i}n},
  volume={117 5 Suppl 2},
In patients with COPD, an acute worsening of respiratory symptoms is often described as an exacerbation. Exacerbations are associated with a significant increase in mortality, hospitalization, and health-care utilization, but there is currently no widely accepted definition of what constitutes an exacerbation of COPD. This paper summarizes the discussions of the workshop, "COPD: Working Towards a Greater Understanding," in which the participants proposed the following working definition of an… CONTINUE READING
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