Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease 2017 Report: GOLD Executive Summary

Arch Bronconeumol. 2017 Mar;53(3):128-149. doi: 10.1016/j.arbres.2017.02.001. Epub 2017 Mar 6.
[Article in English, Spanish]


This Executive Summary of the Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of COPD (GOLD) 2017 Report focuses primarily on the revised and novel parts of the document. The most significant changes include: 1) the assessment of COPD has been refined to separate the spirometric assessment from symptom evaluation. ABCD groups are now proposed to be derived exclusively from patient symptoms and their history of exacerbations; 2) for each of the groups A to D, escalation strategies for pharmacological treatments are proposed; 3) the concept of de-escalation of therapy is introduced in the treatment assessment scheme; 4) nonpharmacologic therapies are comprehensively presented and; 5) the importance of comorbid conditions in managing COPD is reviewed.

Keywords: COPD; COPD management; COPD prevention; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Diagnóstico de enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica; EPOC; Evaluación; Prevención; diagnosis.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / diagnosis*
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / prevention & control
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / therapy*