Active screening for COPD among hospitalized smokers - a feasibility study.

Research paper by Katarzyna K Mycroft, Piotr P Korczynski, Piotr P Jankowski, Mikolaj M Kutka, Olga O Zelazna, Marcin M Zagaja, Kornelia K Wozniczko, Urszula U Szafranska, Lukasz L Koltowski, Grzegorz G Opolski, Rafal R Krenke, Katarzyna K Gorska

Indexed on: 08 Jan '21Published on: 07 Jan '21Published in: Therapeutic advances in chronic disease


Spirometry is a primary tool for early chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) detection in patients with risk factors, for example, cigarette smoking. The aim of this study was to evaluate the strategy of an active screening for COPD among smokers admitted to the pulmonary and cardiology department. This prospective study was conducted between February and March 2019. All hospitalized smokers aged 40 years and older completed an original questionnaire and had spirometry measurement with a bronchial reversibility test (if applicable) performed by medical students using a portable spirometer. One hundred and eighty-eight patients were eligible to participate in the study. Seventy (37%) subjects refused to participate. Eventually, 116 (62%) patients were included in the final analysis and 94 (81%) performed spirometry correctly. In total, 32 (34 %) patients were found to have COPD. Nine (28%) of these patients were newly diagnosed, 89% of them had mild-to-moderate airway obstruction. Patients with newly diagnosed COPD were significantly younger [age 63 (56-64) 69 (64-78) years], had a longer smoking-free period [17 (13-20) 9 (2-12) years], had fewer symptoms and had a better lung function compared with patients with a previous diagnosis of COPD ( < 0.05 for all comparisons). The proposed diagnostic strategy can be successfully used to improve COPD detection in the inpatient setting. The majority of the newly diagnosed COPD patients had mild-to-moderate airway obstruction. Patients who should be particularly screened for COPD include ex-smokers with less pronounced respiratory symptoms. © The Author(s), 2020.