Continuing to Confront COPD International Physician Survey: physician knowledge and application of COPD management guidelines in 12 countries

Davis, K. J., Landis, S. H., Oh, Y-M., Mannino, D. M., Han, M. K., van der Molen, T., Aisanov, Z., Menezes, A. M., Ichinose, M. & Muellerova, H., 30-Dec-2015, In : International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 10, p. 39-55 17 p.

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  • Kourtney J. Davis
  • Sarah H. Landis
  • Yeon-Mok Oh
  • David M. Mannino
  • MeiLan K. Han
  • Thys van der Molen
  • Zaurbek Aisanov
  • Ana M. Menezes
  • Masakazu Ichinose
  • Hana Muellerova

Aim: Utilizing data from the Continuing to Confront COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) International Physician Survey, this study aimed to describe physicians' knowledge and application of the GOLD (Global initiative for chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of COPD diagnosis and treatment recommendations and compare performance between primary care physicians (PCPs) and respiratory specialists.

Materials and methods: Physicians from 12 countries were sampled from in-country professional databases; 1,307 physicians (PCP to respiratory specialist ratio three to one) who regularly consult with COPD, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis patients were interviewed online, by telephone or face to face. Physicians were questioned about COPD risk factors, prognosis, diagnosis, and treatment, including knowledge and application of the GOLD global strategy using patient scenarios.

Results: Physicians reported using spirometry routinely (PCPs 82%, respiratory specialists 100%; P

Conclusion: This survey of physicians in 12 countries practicing in the primary care and respiratory specialty settings showed high awareness of COPD-management guidelines. Frequent use of guideline-recommended COPD diagnostic practices was reported; however, gaps in the application of COPD-treatment recommendations were observed, warranting further evaluation to understand potential barriers to adopt guideline recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-55
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Publication statusPublished - 30-Dec-2015


  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, physician beliefs, adherence to guidelines, OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY-DISEASE, PRIMARY-CARE, ADHERENCE, DIAGNOSIS, BARRIERS

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