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COPD Assessment Test Determines exacerbation severityexacerbation severity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can with with the COPD Assessment Test , according a new study from the UK. – There is currently no widely accepted standardized method for assessing symptom severity at exacerbations in COPD patients, Dr. Alex J Mackay, clinical investigators said at the Academic Unit of Respiratory Medicine, University College London. Incorporating CAT scores into the assessment of COPD patients, a standardized, objective method of assessing the severity of symptoms in both clinical practice and clinical trials. .
The trial enrolled 161 patients with COPD, the eight-item CAT questionnaire filled out at least once under the supervision of in the clinic. The CAT was completed by 75 patients treated at the 152 COPD exacerbations. Care facilities.lidated health status questionnaire was successfully measured in previous studies on COPD symptoms in both primary and secondary care facilities. It includes questions assessing cough, phlegm, tightness in the chest, breathlessness, activity limitations, sleep and energy.. The findings online ahead of print publication in the American Thoracic Society American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Read the rest of this entry »