Thorax 56:880-887 doi:10.1136/thorax.56.11.880
  • Occasional review

Health status measurement in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

  1. P W Jones
  1. Department of Respiratory Medicine, Division of Physiological Medicine, St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE, UK
  1. Professor P W Jonespjones{at}
  • Received 2 December 2000
  • Revision requested 7 March 2001
  • Revised 12 July 2001
  • Accepted 12 July 2001


Health status measurement is a common feature of studies in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This review assesses recent evidence for the validity of these measurements and their role as measures of the overall impact of the disease on the patient's daily life and wellbeing. It reviews the mostly widely used COPD specific questionnaires and examines the contribution that they make to an assessment of the overall effect of treatment. Finally, it addresses the question of how symptomatic benefit may be assessed in individual patients in routine practice.