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Table 1 Parameters included in the Audit form (for an explanation, see text[10, 11])

From: Audit on the appropriateness of integrated COPD management: the “ALT-BPCO” project

1 Spirometry performed less than 1 year previously ([10], pg. 38)
2 At least one global spirometry ([10], pg. 40)
3 Functional severity stage ([10], pg. 44)
4 Body mass index (BMI) ([10], pg. 46)
5 Comorbidities ([10], pg. 155-160)
6 Dyspnea ([10], pg. 46)
7 Type of scale used to assess Dyspnea ([10], pg. 46)
8 Walking test ([10], pg. 41)
9 Blood oxygen saturation ([10], pg. 40)
10 Arterial blood gases analysis ([10], pg. 40)
11 Smoking status ([10], pg. 54)
12 Pharmacological and behavioral smoking cessation treatment for smoker patients ([10], pg. 195)
13 Number of exacerbations in the previous year ([11], pg. 26)
14 Number of exacerbations treated with antibiotic and systemic steroids in the previous year ([11], pg. 26)
15 Treatment with oxygen therapy ([10], pg. 132)
16 Hospital admissions for COPD in the previous year ([10], pg. 131)
17 Admissions with use of mechanical ventilation ([10], pg. 133)
18 Second admission in less than three months from the previous hospitalization
19 Prescribed long-term respiratory therapy ([10], pg. 58-80)
20 Prescribed drugs ([10], pg. 58-80)
21 Need for pulmonary rehabilitation ([10], pg. 168)
22 Setting of pulmonary rehabilitation