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Thorax. Nov 2001; 56(11): 880–887.
PMCID: PMC1745959
Health status measurement in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
P Jones
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Division of Physiological Medicine, St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE, UK. pjones/at/sghms.ac.uk
Abstract
Health status measurement is a common feature of studies in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This review assesses recent evidence for the validity of these measurements and their role as measures of the overall impact of the disease on the patient's daily life and wellbeing. It reviews the mostly widely used COPD specific questionnaires and examines the contribution that they make to an assessment of the overall effect of treatment. Finally, it addresses the question of how symptomatic benefit may be assessed in individual patients in routine practice.

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