COPD Working Group


  • Marc Miravitlles - Lead
  • Alberto Papi
  • Bernardino Alcazar Navarrete
  • Caroline Gourder
  • Chin Kook Rhee
  • David Halpin
  • Dermot Ryan
  • Don Sin
  • Helgo Magnussen
  • Jean Bourbeau
  • Jennifer Quint
  • Juan Jose Soler
  • Juan Luis Garcia Rivero
  • Miguel Roman Rodriguez
  • Nicolas Roche
  • Richard Costello
  • Ronald Dandurand
  • Therese Sophie Lapperre Stevens
  • Zafar Zafari


The latest meeting of the COPD Working Group took place in Milan during the ERS 2017.

COPD Working Group Meeting

Work Plan

With a population of patients with the same level of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) severity individual patients may experience very different symptoms and daily activity limitation. In their recent paper in the International Journal of COPD, Soler-Cataluña et al proposed the concept of control to characterize to help define the current clinical “situation” of the patient and to provide some guidance as to optimum management.

The authors define controls as a composite of two variables: (low) impact and stability. Impact refers to the clinical status at a specific moment in time. In contrast, stability is a dynamic term that refers to the temporal evolution of this impact. The interaction of these two elements of the patient’s disease state combine to provide an evaluation of “COPD control”.

The REG COPD Working Group will be conducting a multi-centre prospective validation study to examine the clinical validity and utility of the concept, specifically in terms of predicting outcomes and guiding on-going COPD management (and/or whether the measure may benefit from further refinement).

Active Studies

Validation of the Concept of Control of COPD in Clinical Practice

Planned Studies - Seeking Funding

Implications of steroid tailoring on treatment outcomes in patients with COPD managed in routine care

Characterise the natural history of patients with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency in routine care patients with/without COPD

Working Group Documents

File Sharing

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