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Factors associated with the prescription of inhaled corticosteroids in GOLD group A and B patients with COPD – subgroup analysis of the Taiwan obstructive lung disease cohort

Authors Wei Y, Kuo P, Tsai Y, Tao C, Cheng S, Lee C, Wu Y, Chen N, Hsu W, Hsu J, Lin M, Wang C, Chang H

Received 7 May 2015

Accepted for publication 23 June 2015

Published 14 September 2015 Volume 2015:10(1) Pages 1951—1956

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S88114

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Russell


Yu-Feng Wei,1 Ping-Hung Kuo,2 Ying-Huang Tsai,3 Chi-Wei Tao,4 Shih-Lung Cheng,5,13 Chao-Hsien Lee,6 Yao-Kuang Wu,7 Ning-Hung Chen,8 Wu-Huei Hsu,9 Jeng-Yuan Hsu,10 Ming-Shian Lin,11 Chin-Chou Wang12

1Department of Internal Medicine, E-Da Hospital/I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; 2Department of Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; 3Department of Internal Medicine, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chiayi, Taiwan; 4Department of Internal Medicine, Cheng-Hsin General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; 5Division of Thoracic Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; 6Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Mackay Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; 7Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; 8Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou, Taiwan; 9Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, China Medical University and China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan; 10Division of Chest Medicine, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan; 11Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Chia-Yi Christian Hospital, Chiayi, Taiwan; 12Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; 13Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Yuan-Ze University, Taoyuan, Taiwan

Background and objective: The overprescription of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) in the current Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) group A and B patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is not uncommon in clinical practice. The aim of this study was to explore the factors associated with the use of ICS in these patients.
Methods: The Taiwan obstructive lung disease (TOLD) study was a retrospective, observational nationwide survey of COPD patients conducted at 12 hospitals (n=1,096) in Taiwan. Multivariate logistic regression models were used to explore the predictors of ICS prescription in GOLD group A and B patients.
Results: Among the group A (n=179) and group B (n=398) patients, 198 (34.3%) were prescribed ICS (30.2% in group A and 36.2% in group B, respectively). The wheezing phenotype was present in 28.5% of group A and 34.2% of group B patients. Wheezing was the most significant factor for an ICS prescription in group A (odds ratio [OR], 2.33; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.14–4.75; P=0.020), group B (OR, 1.93; 95% CI, 1.24–2.99; P=0.004), and overall (OR, 2.04; 95% CI, 1.40–2.96; P<0.001). The COPD assessment test score was also associated with an ICS prescription in group B (OR, 1.04; 95% CI, 1.00–1.07; P=0.038).
Conclusion: About one-third of the GOLD group A and B patients with COPD in Taiwan are prescribed ICS. Our findings suggest that wheezing and COPD assessment test score are related to the prescription of ICS in these patients.

Keywords: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD assessment test, inhaled corticosteroids, wheezing

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