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Need help assessing how COPD is affecting your patients’ quality of life?

As a busy primary health care professional, you probably don’t have time to evaluate the dozens of tools that have been developed for this purpose.

That’s why the IPCRG Research Network has reviewed more than 42 of them and produced a practical guide to COPD "Wellness" tools (click here for PDF) with information on nine tools judged to be the most relevant to patients with COPD managed in primary care. The guide includes:

  1. A brief summary of how each tool works and where to get it
  2. Six criteria you can use to rate the tools to select the one best suited to your practical needs
  3. A “smiley face” sample grid showing how the IPCRG team rated the tools against the criteria

The methodology and background have been published in the open access journal International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Cave AJ, Atkinson L, Tsiligianni IG, Kaplan AG. Assessment of COPD wellness tools for use in primary care: an IPCRG initiative. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 2012;7:447-456. doi:10.2147/COPD.S29868.

New COPD assessment tool guides coming soon for measuring comorbidities in COPD.

We hope you find this useful and welcome your feedback.