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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)

CHEST’s resources on chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) help guide clinicians in providing the highest-quality care for patients with this condition. Access original research from the journal CHEST®, webinars, CHEST Physician® articles, CHEST SEEK™ Education, and educational courses and events.

CHEST Journal Highlights

Machine Learning and Prediction of All-Cause Mortality in COPD

By: Matthew Moll, MD; Dandi Qiao, PhD; Elizabeth A. Regan, MD, PhD; et al
September 2020 Issue
In this study, researchers hypothesized that machine learning methods applied to an expanded set of clinical and quantitative CT imaging features would be useful for identifying the most important predictors of all-cause mortality and improving mortality prediction in moderate to severe COPD.

Bonus: Listen to authors Brian D. Hobbs, MD, MMSc, and Grace Parraga, PhD, as they discuss this paper with CHEST Podcast moderator, Dominique J. Pepper, MD.

Long-Term Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation in COPD Patients: A 2-Year Follow-up Study

By: Abebaw M. Yohannes, PhD; Sheila Dryden, Dip(Physiotherapy); Richard Casaburi, MD; and Nicola A. Hanania, MD
Article in Press, Published October 21, 2020
Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) improves exercise capacity in patients with COPD in the short-term. This study examines the long-term benefits of PR on symptoms of dyspnea, anxiety, depression, and quality of life.

Peak Inspiratory Flows: Defining Repeatability Limits and a Predictive Equation for Different Inhalers

By: Chris N. Barnes, PhD; Donald A. Mahler, MD; Jill A. Ohar, MD; David A. Lombardi, PhD; and Glenn D. Crater, MD
October 2020 Issue
Peak inspiratory flow (PIF) has been proposed as a measure to assess a patient’s ability to use dry powder inhalers. But what are the repeatability limits for measuring PIF?

Evaluating PH AVR visual abstract

Hypogammaglobulinemia in Patients With COPD

What is the relationship between hypogammaglobulinemia and hospitalization risk for patients with COPD?


Read the related article: Serum IgG Levels and Risk of COPD Hospitalization »

Patient Information

The CHEST Foundation’s COPD patient education resources empower patients to engage in better management of their health.

Living Well with COPD

Living Well With COPD
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COPD Infographic

COPD Infographic
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COPD Myths Busted

COPD Myths Busted
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CHEST Clinical Perspectives


State of Practice: Using a Treatable Traits Approach to Predicting the Incidence and Severity of COPD Exacerbation

This exclusive report presents findings on which traits community-based pulmonologists use to predict the risk and severity of COPD exacerbations, particularly in patients who have never had any exacerbations.

A non-promotional, non-CME educational program brought to you by CHEST, in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline.


Get evidence-based information for enhancing patient care with this guideline from CHEST and the Canadian Thoracic Society.

Prevention of Acute Exacerbations of COPD »

e-Learning Courses

Gain access to COPD e-learning materials through CHEST’s e-Learning Library.


COPD Virtual Patient Tour

Explore a patient case and apply your COPD knowledge to choose diagnostic and treatment strategies.
CME Available: 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

A Practical Approach to the COPD Patient (Part 1)

This case-based webinar for community-based pulmonologists and other health providers seeing patients with COPD focuses on COPD exacerbations. Free to access!

A Practical Approach to the COPD Patient (Part 2)

The second installment of this case-based webinar series focuses on dyspnea as a treatable trait, as well as spirometry. Free to watch!

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CHEST SEEK™ Education

Written and peer reviewed by renowned experts in the pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine fields, the online CHEST SEEK Library and print publications include case-based questions and detailed rationales to stimulate and challenge your clinical thought processes; help you prepare for certification or recertification exams; and allow you to obtain CME credit, MOC points, and CE hours.

Take the CHEST SEEK Challenge and answer a sample question.

A patient is discharged from the hospital after management of an acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD). In this setting, which risk factors are most predictive of this patient being readmitted to hospital?

A. Increasing age and male sex
B. Depression and prior hospitalization for AECOPD in the last year
C. Current smoking and comorbid conditions such as chronic heart failure
D. Anxiety and hyponatremia during hospitalization

Submit your email address for the correct answer

CHEST SEEK LIBRARY  | Access hundreds of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine questions.  PURCHASE NOW »

Latest News From CHEST Physician

Muhammad Adrish, MD, FCCP
Navitha Ramesh, MD, FCCP

Beta-blockers in COPD: A settled debate?

By: Muhammad Adrish, MD, FCCP, and Navitha Ramesh, MD, FCCP
Airways Disorders Steering Committee members

Drs. Adrish and Ramesh examine a study on the use of beta-blockers in patients with COPD and reiterate the importance of paying close attention to the study cohort.

More data on impact of corticosteroids on COVID-19 mortality in patients with COPD

Inhaled corticosteroids do not protect patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma against COVID-19-related death, a study of almost 1 million individuals in the United Kingdom has shown.

From the NetWorks

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on COPD
By: Farrukh Abbas, MBBS; Kadambari Vijaykumar, MD; Navitha Ramesh, MD, MBBS, FCCP; and Allen Blaivas, DO, FCCP

The COVID-19 pandemic led to increased risks in patients with COPD and created challenges in caring for this patient population. There is a dire need for the establishment of effective virtual programs and inclusive care.


COPD Webinar


State of Practice: Community-Based Pulmonologists and COPD Exacerbation

Drs. Hassan Bencheqroun, Brian Carlin, Chitra Lal, and Deborah Jo Levine join moderator Mark Rudzinski to discuss research on how community-based pulmonologists evaluate pulmonary, extrapulmonary, and behavioral traits in patients with COPD, as well as how they determine which traits are considered most predictive of a COPD exacerbation.

A non-promotional, non-CME educational program brought to you by CHEST, in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline.


COPD Sessions at CHEST 2020

Couldn't attend CHEST Annual Meeting 2020? We have the next best thing! Gain access to all of the recorded sessions from our meeting with this unique collection that includes hours’ worth of the latest presentations from some of the top clinicians and researchers in chest medicine, including:

  • Obstructive Lung Diseases in Women – Is There a Difference?
  • Noninvasive Ventilation in Ambulatory COPD
  • Phenotyping and Management of COPD
  • New Insights Into COPD and Its Complications


CHEST Annual Meeting - COPD

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