Journal article

Undiagnosed and Misdiagnosed Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Data from the BOLD Australia Study

Kate Petrie, Brett G Toelle, Richard Wood-Baker, Graeme P Maguire, Alan L James, Michael Hunter, David P Johns, Guy B Marks, Johnson George, Michael J Abramson

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE | DOVE MEDICAL PRESS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Purpose: Spirometry is necessary to confirm COPD, but many patients are diagnosed based on clinical presentation and/or chest x-ray. There are also those who do not present to primary care for case finding and remain undiagnosed. We aimed to identify: (a) factors that are associated with undiagnosed COPD; and (b) factors that are associated with a potential misdiagnosis of COPD. Patients and Methods: This analysis used data from the Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease (BOLD), a cross-sectional study of community dwelling adults randomly selected from six study sites, chosen to provide a representative sample of the Australian population (n= 3357). Participants were grouped by COPD diagnostic ..

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We wish to thank the participants in the BOLD Australia without whom the present study would not have been possible. The authors gratefully acknowledge the work of the research staff at each study site for recruiting and testing participants: Busselton: Elspeth Inglis, Peta Grayson; Broome: David Reeve, Matthew Yap, Mary Lane, Wendy Cavilla; Melbourne: Angela Lewis, Joan Raven, Joan Green; Rural New South Wales: Melanie Heine, Cassanne Eccleston, Julie Cooke, Brian Spurrell, Robyn Paton; Sydney: Kate Hardaker, Paola Espinel; Tasmania: Carol Phillips. KP acknowledges the support of the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.