Healthcare costs of COPD in Italian referral centres: A prospective study

Daniela Koleva, Nicola Motterlini, Paolo Banfi, Livio Garattini

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Background: This study estimated the healthcare resource utilisation and costs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, staged by severity, in the Italian pneumology departments (PDs). Methods: The project was a multi-centre observational study conducted in 11 Italian PDs throughout the country. A total of 268 patients were recruited and followed prospectively for 1 year. For the purpose of analysis, patients were divided into four groups according to the severity at onset:•mild COPD (stage I)-postbronchodilator FEV1/FVC 1 ≥ 80% of predicted;•moderate COPD (stage II)-postbronchodilator FEV1/FVC 1<80% of predicted;•severe COPD (stage III)-postbronchodilator FEV1/FVC 1 1/FVC 1

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2312-2320
Number of pages9
JournalRespiratory Medicine
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007


  • COPD
  • Costs
  • Italy
  • Severity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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