For those of you unaware of who GOLD is.... and from their site...
About Us The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) works with health care professionals and public health officials around the world to raise awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and to improve prevention and treatment of this lung disease.
Through the development of evidence-based guidelines for COPD management, and events such as the annual celebration of World COPD Day, GOLD is working to improve the lives of people with COPD in every corner of the globe.
Who Are We? GOLD was launched in 1997 in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA, and the World Health Organization.
GOLD’s program is determined and its guidelines for COPD care are shaped by committees made up of leading experts from around the world.
In a nutshell, they collaborate and establish Int'l COPD guidelines. Then, many of the medical bodies will use that info as a starting base and adapt/establish their own guidelines therefrom.
I've not yet had a chance to read the new guidelines but.... at a quick glance it looks like they're moving a bit away from just the Stage classifications (numbered) to include a Grading System A-D and it's the Grading sytem they're using to determine the therapy treatments for stable COPD.
I'm sure there's a lot more of interest in there but like I said; I've not read it yet .......
Jackie, thank you for posting the licks for this, I have in the past gone to their web site in fact when I was first diagnosed I printed out the whole document (at work, one day they stuck me in the office instead of the classroom LOL) and still have it. It will be interesting to read what changes they may have made in the intervening years.
Jackie: thanks for posting this! I read some allusion to these new guidelines; in that article it looks like they are taking into consideration medical history as well as spirometry. This would be consistent with what my respirologist told me.
Definitely this will be worth perusing in more detail.