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
Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis | Informa UK Limited | Published : 2021
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 ..View full abstract