Current controversies and future perspectives in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011 Sep 1;184(5):507-13. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201103-0405PP.


Over the past decade there has been much research and interest in COPD. As a result, the understanding and management of the disease has improved significantly. Yet, there are many uncertainties and controversies that require further work. This review discusses these controversies and anticipates some of the changes that may occur in the near future in the field of COPD.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnostic Techniques, Respiratory System*
  • Disease Management*
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Morbidity / trends
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive* / diagnosis
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive* / epidemiology
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive* / therapy
  • Survival Rate / trends