The Birmingham COPD cohort study. A primary care cohort of COPD patients

Research Summary

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) also known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis is an increasinglyimportant chronic disease of the lungs affecting 510%of the population worldwide and accounting for 1.4 million GPconsultations and 1 million hospital beddaysper year in the UK. There are also around 24 million working days losteach year attributable to COPD. However our understanding of the natural course of the disease and what factorscould modify the long term outlook are limited. This 5 year study is designed to identify the factors that best predict thelikely course for people who have COPD and to develop a platform for further research to better understand and treatthe condition. Currently treatment options at early stages of the disease are limited. By developing better methods tolearn about the severity and course of the disease we may be able to identify factors that allow earlier and improvedtreatment.This project aims to recruit over 2000 COPD patients from primary care who have the full range of disease severity (notjust those with more severe disease as in other comparable studies). This will allow researchers to assess (withinthis programme and in future) new ways to treat and manage people with COPD including those with early diseaseas well as understanding more about their condition and how it progresses over time.Patients will benefit because their COPD will be recognised earlier and treatment options will be available to them.Better treatment decisions will be possible (therefore potentially improving their quality of life and survival) as a result ofboth the new severity score and the possibility of two new interventions in the future (exercise and occupationalassessment). They may also be able to return to or remain longer in productive work.

Research Overview
PI Name Sapey - E
Sponsor University of Birmingham
Project Status Open
Proposed End Date 14/02/2013
Study Run through CRF? Yes
Target number of patients agreed to recruit 250
Recruitment so far 5