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Predictive value and utility of oral steroid testing for treatment of COPD in primary care: the COOPT study.

Chavannes, Niels; Schermer, Tjard R.J.; Wouters, Emiel FM; Akkermans, Reinier; Dekhuijzen, Richard; Muris, Jean; Van Weel, Chris; van Schayck, Onno

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BACKGROUND: The oral prednisolone test is widely used to distinguish chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients who might benefit from inhaled steroid treatment. Previous studies used selected patient groups that did not represent the large COPD population in primary care. METHODS: The study included smokers and exsmokers with chronic bronchitis or COPD from primary care, who underwent prednisolone testing (30 mg for 14 days) before randomization in a three-year follow-up randomized...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/81119
Source: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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