Czech multicenter research database of severe COPD

Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2014 Nov 10;9:1265-74. doi: 10.2147/COPD.S71828. eCollection 2014.


Purpose: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been recognized as a heterogeneous, multiple organ system-affecting disorder. The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) places emphasis on symptom and exacerbation management. The aim of this study is examine the course of COPD and its impact on morbidity and all-cause mortality of patients, with respect to individual phenotypes and GOLD categories. This study will also evaluate COPD real-life patient care in the Czech Republic.

Patients and methods: The Czech Multicentre Research Database of COPD is projected to last for 5 years, with the aim of enrolling 1,000 patients. This is a multicenter, observational, and prospective study of patients with severe COPD (post-bronchodilator forced expiratory volume in 1 second ≤ 60%). Every consecutive patient, who fulfils the inclusion criteria, is asked to participate in the study. Patient recruitment is done on the basis of signed informed consent. The study was approved by the Multicentre Ethical Committee in Brno, Czech Republic.

Results: The objective of this paper was to outline the methodology of this study.

Conclusion: The establishment of the database is a useful step in improving care for COPD subjects. Additionally, it will serve as a source of data elucidating the natural course of COPD, comorbidities, and overall impact on the patients. Moreover, it will provide information on the diverse course of the COPD syndrome in the Czech Republic.

Keywords: all-cause mortality; comorbidities; exacerbations; phenotypes; prospective study.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Observational Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Comorbidity
  • Czech Republic / epidemiology
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Disease Progression
  • Humans
  • Phenotype
  • Prognosis
  • Prospective Studies
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive* / diagnosis
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive* / mortality
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive* / therapy
  • Quality Improvement
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care
  • Research Design
  • Risk Factors
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Time Factors