Diagnosis of COPD in hospitalised patients

Archivos de bronconeumología
Concha Pellicer Císcaren representación del Grupo EPOC de Sociedad Valenciana de Neumología


To examine the quality of COPD diagnosis in hospitalised patients. Retrospective multicentre cross-sectional audit review of the clinical histories of patients discharged with a diagnosis of COPD. The diagnosis of COPD was considered correct (DxC) in cases where the combination of a bronchial obstruction (FEV1/FVC<70%) and smoking (>10 packets/year) could be documented. In the rest of the cases the diagnosis was considered deficient (DxD). A DxC in at least 60% of patients was required to be considered an acceptable quality health care diagnosis. Demographic data such as, smoking, spirometry, the specialist who discharged the patient (P: Pneumologist; MS: Medical Specialty; CS: Surgical Specialty), and health care level (hospital complexity; low (H1), intermediate (H2) and high (H3)). A total of 840 cases were analysed (718 males, 122 females); mean age (SD) 73 (10), from 10 hospitals (3 H1, 4 H2, 3 H3). A DxD was obtained in 597 (71.1%), due to either lack of spirometry (538, 64%) or smoking criteria (319, 38%), (P<0.001). Only two of the ten hospitals complied with the criteria of an acceptable quality health care diagnosis. Significant differences (P<0.0001) were seen on comparing DxC and DxD by health care level (DxC: 56.2%...Continue Reading


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