Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) guidelines for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2002 Mar;8(2):81-6. doi: 10.1097/00063198-200203000-00001.


The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) was developed recently to unify international efforts in the management of the disease. The most important GOLD objective is raising awareness that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is an increasing health problem. The first step in the GOLD program was to prepare a consensus report, named "Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of COPD," based on best-validated evidence and current pathogenetic and clinical knowledge. It encourages implementation of effective strategies for prevention, diagnosis, and management of the disease in all countries, and emphasizes the importance of renewed research initiatives.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Guidelines as Topic / standards*
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Male
  • Patient Care / standards*
  • Primary Prevention / standards*
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / classification*
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / therapy*
  • Respiratory Function Tests
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Spain