Table 1—

Clinical practice guidelines for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

AbbreviationsOrganisationYear#Country/regionEvidence grading of monitoring recommendationsSeparate paragraph on monitoring/follow-up
GOLDCollaboration of many organisations, including American Thoracic Society, European Respiratory Society and WHO2006GlobalNoYes
ATS/ERSAmerican Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society2004GlobalNA§Yes
IPAG§International Primary Care Airway Group2004GlobalNAYes
IPCRG¶, +International Primary Care Respiratory Group2006GlobalYesYes
EBMDuodecim Medical Publications Ltd2004GlobalNoNo
COPD-XThorax Society for Australia and New Zealand, and Australian Lung Foundation2006Australia/New ZealandNoYes
CTSCanadian Thoracic Society2004CanadaNoNo
BCMABritish Columbia Medical Association2005CanadaNANo
IndiaWHO (India)2003IndiaNANo
CBOCollaboration of many organisations, including Dutch College of General Practitioners and Dutch Institute for Health Care2005The NetherlandsYesYes
NHGDutch College of General Practitioners2001The NetherlandsNAYes
PAPalestinian Ministry of Health2003Palestinian regionNAYes
SASouth African Thoracic Society2004South AfricaNANo
SRSSwiss Respiratory Society2002SwitzerlandNoNo
ProdigyNational Health Service and Department of Health UK2006UKNoYes
NICENational Collaborating Centre for Chronic Conditions2004UKYesYes
ISCIInstitute for Clinical System Improvement USA2005USANo<1?th=5.5pt?>Yes
ABFPAmerican Board of Family Practice2001USANAYes
  • GOLD: Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease; WHO: World Health Organization; EBM: Evidence-Based Medicine Guidelines; CBO: Dutch Institute for Healthcare Improvement; NA: not applicable. #: year of initial publication or, in the case of periodic revision of the guideline, the year of the most recent update; : evidence grading for at least one recommendation in the guideline; +: guidelines developed by the same group of experts; §: not applicable since the guideline did not use systematic evidence grading.