What is the nature of, and what are the best treatments for, heart failure in COPD?
How can we create precision diagnostics for COPD in practice settings that will help inform the transition from screening to better diagnosis and treatment strategies and that will help identify patients or communities at highest risk for unrecognized or over diagnosed COPD.
Define the pathobiology of the disorder (COPD)
a. Mechanisms of lung injury
b. Mechanisms of lung repair
c. Balance of lung and systemic pathobiologic manifestations and mechanisms
How should providers coordinate management strategies and treatment goals in patients with COPD and other co-existing chronic diseases?
What factors serve as barriers / facilitators for patient adherence to pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD care?
a. Better tools for early recognition
b. More research in self-management and communications technology to assist patients
What is the comparative effectiveness and cost effectiveness of counseling plus nicotine replacement vs. counseling plus bupropion vs. counseling plus varenicline on smoking cessation rates, patient-reported outcomes (symptom frequency, activities of daily living, quality of life, sleep quality, exacerbations), and COPD and non-COPD morbidity/mortality?
1. Does pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) reduce mortality risk? 2. Does PR in the post-hospitalization period reduce subsequent health care utilization? 3. Can the principles of PR be applied more broadly across the disease spectrum to reduce morbidity, mortality, and health care expenditures in patients with COPD? 4. Does early PR following hospitalization for acute exacerbation reduce mortality and readmission rates ...more »
What is the comparative effectiveness of brief interventions to teach patients respiratory inhaler use (e.g., verbal and written instructions) vs. teach-to-goal interventions (brief interventions plus demonstration of correct technique, patient teach-back, feedback, and repeat instruction if needed) on respiratory inhaler technique and patient-reported outcomes (symptom frequency, activities of daily living, quality of ...more »
There are two broad issues that any future clinical trials in COPD need to seriously consider, that of the challenges of timely and efficient subject recruitment and the need to increase the participation of low to middle income countries that experience a disproportionate burden of COPD in evidence generation. My specific suggestions are as follows: 1) Address the optimal medical management of multiple physical and psychological ...more »
Can normoxemic patients with COPD benefit from oxygen supplementation?