Quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: the predictive validity of the BODE index

Medinas-Amorós M., Aldora C., Renom F., Rubí M., Centeno M.J., Ferrer V., Gorriz M.T., Mas-Tous C., Ramis F.

This study set out to determine the relation ship between Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) and the body mass index, bronchial obstruction, dyspnoea, exercise BODE index. Two HRQOL questionnaires were administered. Sixty-seven patients with severe COPD were admitted to the study. The BODE index was found to be a significant predictor of HRQOL, and is also good at predicting worsening HRQOL in patients with severe COPD.

Clinical relevance: The inclusion of both HRQOL questionnaires and the BODE index may allow a more real vision of patients with COPD, and provide the practitioner with new sources of information about the systemic manifestations of COPD.

Chronic Respiratory Disease 2008, 5: 7 – 11

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