Asthma-COPD overlap syndrome is common and associated with increased morbidity and greater healthcare costs. However, ACOS patients are usually excluded from studies of either disease. There is a compelling need for research in order to define objective diagnostic criteria for ACOS.
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 »
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 »
Tiotropium is widely used for COPD, but patients report highly variable responses to this medication. A clinical trial of severe COPD subjects could address both short-term (bronchodilator effect) and intermediate-term (COPD exacerbations) outcomes of this heterogeneous response by examining radiologic (chest CT), clinical (Six Minute Walk, Spirometry), and pharmacogenetic (GWAS) influences on this heterogeneous response. ...more »
Can normoxemic patients with COPD benefit from oxygen supplementation?
There should be a study for prevention of Airflow Obstruction Progression. Rationale: All diseases have a prodrome followed by an early face of disease progression. Complex medical chronic diseases can only be slowed through the addition of several interventions all of which contribute to a final improvement of prognosis (witness CV diseases). Definition of “Early Disease”: Would be aimed at patients with airflow obstruction ...more »
What factors are associated with high quality care coordination in patients with COPD?
COPD hospitalizations a. Define the pathobiological changes that lead to severe exacerbations that cause hospitalizations b. Define novel clinical and biological phenotypic characterizations of hospitalized patients who fail treatment that results in death or early readmission c. Explore new or understudied therapies for treatment of acute COPD hospitalizations: antioxidant, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (STATIN or ...more »
What are there specific alterations of mast cell populations in COPD, and what role do they have in determining specific histopathological phenotypes of the disease?
What is the effectiveness of guideline recommendations for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care in patients with multimorbidity, including angina, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and osteoporosis, vs. patients without these conditions?
Further development and clinical usefulness of COPD phenotypes
a. Linking phenotypes to clinically meaningful outcomes
b. Establishing treatment algorithms for different phenotypes
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?