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Quality of Life Decline in COPD Linked to Mortality

Key clinical point: Decline in quality of life (QoL) over 1 year was shown to predict increased mortality in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Major finding: The relative risk of death rises when QoL dips over 1 year of follow-up (1.175, 95% CI, 1.130–1.221 for all-cause mortality and 1.214, 95% CI, 1.151–1.280, for respiratory cause mortality, respectively).

Study details: Prospective, cohort study of 250 patients with COPD tracked for up to 10 years.

Disclosures: No study funding is reported. The study authors report no relevant disclosures.


Havlucu Y et al. J Thorac Dis. 2019;11(8):3626-32.