Pulmonary Rehabilitation* Joint ACCP/AACVPR Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines

Andrew L. Ries, MD, MPH, FCCP (Chair); Gerene S. Bauldoff, RN, PhD, FCCP; Brian W. Carlin, MD, FCCP; Richard Casaburi, PhD, MD, FCCP; Charles F. Emery, PhD; Donald A. Mahler, MD, FCCP; Barry Make, MD, FCCP; Carolyn L. Rochester, MD; Richard ZuWallack, MD, FCCP; Carla Herrerias, MPH


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Severity of COPD

For consistency throughout the document, the panel used the description of severity of COPD as recommended by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease[18] and the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society Guidelines[19] based on FEV1, as follows: stage I (mild), FEV1 ≥80% predicted; stage II (moderate), FEV1 50 to 80% predicted; stage III (severe), FEV1 30 to 50% predicted; and stage IV (very severe), FEV1 < 30% predicted.


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