Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with comorbidities that increase in number and severity with age and are more prevalent among deprived social groups. Little is yet known about prevalence of comorbidities with COPD and its impact in quality of life in primary care populations. Increasing this knowledge is relevant for the development of better intervention strategies and for informing the reframing of clinical guidelines in primary care.
This study aims to enhance knowledge in terms of prevalence of comorbidities in COPD patients and their impact on the quality of life and on COPD symptoms in primary care patients. This study will address the following research questions:
1. What is the prevalence of comorbidities in COPD patients in primary care?
2. What is the impact of one or more comorbidities on the quality of life and on COPD symptoms?
3. What is the impact of one or more comorbidities on the exacerbations in COPD?
Pedro M Teixeira