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External Validation Of The Updated ADO Score In COPD Patients From The Birmingham COPD Cohort

Authors Keene SJ, Jordan RE, Franssen FME, de Vries F, Martin J, Sitch A, Turner AM, Dickens AP, Fitzmaurice D, Adab P

Received 16 April 2019

Accepted for publication 5 August 2019

Published 24 October 2019 Volume 2019:14 Pages 2395—2407


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Russell

Spencer J Keene,1–3 Rachel E Jordan,1 Frits ME Franssen,3,4 Frank de Vries,2,5 James Martin,1 Alice Sitch,1,6 Alice Margaret Turner,1 Andrew P Dickens,1 David Fitzmaurice,7 Peymane Adab1

1Institute of Applied Health Research, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK; 2Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Toxicology, Maastricht University Medical Center+, Maastricht, the Netherlands; 3Ciro, Horn, the Netherlands; 4Department of Respiratory Medicine, NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism, Maastricht University Medical Centre+, Maastricht, The Netherlands; 5Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands; 6NIHR Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK; 7Clinical Trials Unit, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Correspondence: Rachel E Jordan
Institute of Applied Health Research, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK
Tel +44 0121 414 6775

Background: Reviews suggest that the ADO score is the most discriminatory prognostic score for predicting mortality among chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, but a full evaluation and external validation within primary care settings is critical before implementation.
Objectives: To validate the ADO score in prevalent and screen-detected primary care COPD cases at 3 years and at shorter time periods.
Patients and methods: One thousand eight hundred and ninety-two COPD cases were recruited between 2012 and 2014 from 71 United Kingdom general practices as part of the Birmingham COPD Cohort study. Cases were either on the practice COPD register or screen-detected. We validated the ADO score for predicting 3-year mortality with 1-year and 2-year mortality as secondary endpoints using discrimination (area-under-the-curve (AUC)) and calibration plots.
Results: One hundred and fifty-four deaths occurred within 3 years. The ADO score was discriminatory for predicting 3-year mortality (AUC= 0.74; 95% CI: 0.69–0.79). Similar performance was found for 1- (AUC= 0.73; 0.66–0.80) and 2-year mortality (0.72; 0.67–0.76). The ADO score showed reasonable calibration for predicting 3-year mortality (calibration slope 0.95; 0.70–1.19) but over-predicted in cases with higher predicted risks of mortality at 1 (0.79; 0.45–1.13) and 2-year (0.79; 0.57–1.01) mortality.
Discussion: The ADO score showed promising discrimination in predicting 3-year mortality in a primary care population including screen-detected cases. It may need to be recalibrated if it is used to provide risk predictions for 1- or 2-year mortality since, in these time-periods, over-prediction was evident, especially in cases with higher predicted mortality risks.

Keywords: pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive, mortality, prognosis, validation studies

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