Towards personalised management using the assessment of burden of COPD (ABC) tool

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In the COPD Care Standard, issued by the Dutch Lung Alliance (LAN) in 2010, the term ‘burden of disease’ was introduced for the first time in order to assess the severity and treatment of COPD. However, what is burden of disease, and how to measure it? This PhD dissertation focuses on the development and evaluation of the COPD burden of disease instrument. Research showed that the burden of disease instrument improves quality of life as well as perceived quality of care. Care providers and patients have confirmed that the instrument has added value. Based on these results, the LAN has decided to implement the burden of disease instrument in COPD care.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • van Schayck, Constant, Supervisor
  • Kotz, Daniel, Supervisor
  • Chavannes, Niels H., Supervisor, External person
  • in 't Veen, J.C.C.M., Co-Supervisor, External person
Award date9 Nov 2016
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789462333956
Electronic ISBNs9789462333956
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • COPD
  • treatment
  • burden of disease instrument

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