Cost effectiveness

Impact of adherence to GOLD guidelines on 6-minute walk distance, MRC dyspnea scale score, lung function decline, quality of life, and quality-adjusted life years in a Shanghai suburb

Y. Q. Jiang, Zhu, Y. X., Chen, X. L., Xu, X., Li, F., Fu, H. J., Shen, C. Y., Lu, Y. Y., Zhuang, Q. J., Xu, G., Cai, Y. Y., Zhang, Y., Liu, S. S., Zhu, M. Y., and Li, S. H., Impact of adherence to GOLD guidelines on 6-minute walk distance, MRC dyspnea scale score, lung function decline, quality of life, and quality-adjusted life years in a Shanghai suburb, vol. 14, pp. 8861-8870, 2015.

We performed a 1-year cluster-randomized field trial to assess the effect of standardized management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on lung function and quality of life (QOL) measures in patients in China. We used the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) treatment guidelines and assessed indexes including pulmonary function, QOL, quality-adjusted life years (QALY), Medical Research Council (MRC) dyspnea scale, 6-min walk distance (6-MWD), number of emergency visits, and frequency of hospitalization.

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