Istituto di Fisiologia Clinica     
Pistelli F., Viegi G. How to predict exacerbations and hospital admissions in stable COPD outpatients?. In: Respiration, vol. 67 (05) pp. 491 - 492. Karger, 2000.
The incidence, morbidity and mortality from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are rising. While the diagnosis of COPD by general practitioners (GPs) is underestimated [1, 2], COPD will be the fourth among the diseases that will contribute to the global burden of disease by 2020, preceded by ischemic heart disease, unipolar major depression and cerebrovascular disease, respectively [3]. Moreover, prevalence rates of respiratory symptoms associated with COPD are relatively high [1, 2, 4] and COPD is at present a major cause of frequent use of both general practice and hospital services in Europe.
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