COPD as a multicomponent disease: inventory of dyspnoea, underweight, obesity and fat free mass depletion in primary care.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Primary care respiratory journal : journal of the General Practice Airways Group, Volume 15, Issue 2, p.84-91 (2006)


Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Body Mass Index, Cross-Sectional Studies, Dyspnea, Female, Forced Expiratory Volume, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Netherlands, Nutritional Status, Obesity, Prevalence, Primary Health Care, Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive, Severity of Illness Index, Sex Factors, Thinness


To describe the distribution of COPD disease severity in primary care based on airway obstruction, and to assess the extent to which dyspnoea scores, body mass index (BMI) and fat free mass (FFM) index contribute to the distribution of COPD severity in primary care.