Screening for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease US preventive services task force recommendation statement

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  • IMPORTANCE About 14%of US adults aged 40 to 79 years have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and it is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Persons with severe COPD are often unable to participate in normal physical activity due to deterioration of lung function. OBJECTIVE To update the 2008 US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on screening for COPD in asymptomatic adults. EVIDENCE REVIEW The USPSTF reviewed the evidence on whether screening for COPD in asymptomatic adults (those who do not recognize or report respiratory symptoms) improves health outcomes. The USPSTF reviewed the diagnostic accuracy of screening tools (including prescreeningquestionnaires andspirometry);whether screening forCOPDimproves thedelivery anduptakeof targeted preventive services, such as smoking cessation or relevant immunizations; and the possible harms of screening for and treatment of mild to moderate COPD. FINDINGS Similar to 2008, the USPSTF did not find evidence that screening for COPD in asymptomatic persons improves health-related quality of life, morbidity, or mortality. The USPSTF determined that early detection of COPD, before the development of symptoms, does not alter the course of the disease or improve patient outcomes. The USPSTF concludes with moderate certainty that screening for COPD in asymptomatic persons has no net benefit. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATION The USPSTF recommends against screening for COPD in asymptomatic adults. (D recommendation).
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  • Siu AL; Bibbins-Domingo K; Grossman DC; Davidson KW; Epling JW; GarcĂ­a FAR; Gillman M; Kemper AR; Krist AH; Kurth AE
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  • 1372
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  • 315
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  • 13