Optimization of diagnosis and management of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Brodskiy MS, Solovyev SS, Golovko MG
About authors

Department of Outpatient Therapy No. 1, Medical Faculty,
Pirogov Russian Scientific Research Medical University, Moscow, Russia

Correspondence should be addressed: Mikhail Brodskiy
ul. Miklukho-Maklaya, d. 29/2, Moscow, Russia, 117485; moc.liamg@sm.yksdorb

Received: 2012-07-02 Accepted: 2012-09-19 Published online: 2017-01-05

Objective determination of the stage of the disease and the severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is necessary for selecting the appropriate therapy, and should be taken into account, beside the existing degree of bronchial obstruction, the current level of patient's symptoms, exacerbation risk, and the presence of comorbidities. Modified British Medical Research Council (MRC) questionnaire and the COPD Assessment Test (CAT) validated to assess symptoms in patients with COPD may be used as a part of the comprehensive criteria of severity, as well as used in medical practice to determine the effectiveness of pharmacotherapy.

Keywords: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, GOLD, classification of COPD according to the degree of its heaviness, CAT test, MRC scale