Treatable traits qualifying for nonpharmacological interventions in COPD patients upon first referral to a pulmonologist: the COPD sTRAITosphere

A.J. van't Hul*, E.H. Koolen, J.C. Antons, M. de Man, R.S. Djamin, J.C.C.M. in't Veen, S.O. Simons, M. van den Heuvel, B. van den Borst, M.A. Spruit

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Abstract

Introduction: The present study assessed the prevalence of nine treatable traits (TTs) pinpointing nonpharmacological interventions in patients with COPD upon first referral to a pulmonologist, how these TTs co-occurred and whether and to what extent the TTs increased the odds having a severely impaired health status.

Methods: Data were collected from a sample of 402 COPD patients. A second sample of 381 patients with COPD was used for validation. Nine TTs were assessed: current smoking status, activity-related dyspnoea, frequent exacerbations

Results: On average 3.9 +/- 2.0 TTs per patient were observed. These TTs occurred relatively independently of each other and coexisted in 151 unique combinations. A significant positive correlation was found between the number of TTs and Clinical COPD Questionnaire total score (r=0.58; p

Conclusions: Upon first referral to a pulmonologist, COPD patients show multiple TTs indicating them to several nonpharmacological interventions. These TTs coexist in many different combinations, are relatively independent and increase the likelihood of having a severely impaired health status.

Original languageEnglish
Article number00438-2020
Number of pages10
JournalERJ Open Research
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • asthma
  • care
  • fatigue
  • medicine
  • obstructive pulmonary-disease
  • rehabilitation
  • respiratory society statement
  • spirometry
  • FATIGUE
  • SPIROMETRY
  • MEDICINE
  • CARE
  • OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY-DISEASE
  • REHABILITATION
  • ASTHMA
  • RESPIRATORY SOCIETY STATEMENT

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