Published: 31 May 2017
Author(s): G.W. Canonica, F. Blasi, N. Scichilone, L. Simoni, A. Zullo, C. Giovannetti, C. Briguglio, S. Barsanti, R. Antonelli Incalzi, STORICO study group
Issue: May 2017
Section: Original Article

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The symptoms of COPD are troublesome, variable, can occur during all parts of the 24-h day and have a substantial impact on patients' health status, quality of life and healthcare resource utilization. Reducing symptoms, improving health status and increasing physical activity are major goals in the management of stable COPD. In order to provide effective, patient-oriented care, patients should be evaluated on the basis of lung function, frequency of symptoms and patient-perceived impact of symptoms on their lives and treatment decisions made on a case-by-case basis.


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