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Modified BODE indexes: Agreement between multidimensional prognostic systems based on oxygen uptake

Authors Lopez-Campos JL , Cejudo P, Marquez E, Ortega F, Quintana E, Carmona C, Barrot E

Published 4 May 2010 Volume 2010:5 Pages 133—140


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José Luis Lopez-Campos, Pilar Cejudo, Eduardo Marquez, Francisco Ortega, Esther Quintana, Carmen Carmona, Emilia Barrot

Unidad Médico-Quirúrgica de Enfermedades Respiratorias, Hospitales Universitarios Virgen del Rocío, Seville, Spain

Aim: It has been recently shown that the original BODE index has a high degree of correlation with two modified BODE indexes using maximal oxygen uptake expressed either as mL/min/kg (mBODE) or as the percentage predicted (mBODE%). In this study we investigated the agreement between the two modified BODE indexes (mBODE and mBODE%) in patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Methods: A total of 169 patients with stable COPD were enrolled in this cross-sectional study. Differences between the two mBODE indexes were assessed using kappa coefficients and Bland-Altman plots. One out of every three patients underwent the six-minute walking test to investigate the agreement with the original BODE index.

Results: Correlations between the two mBODE indexes with each other (r = 0.96, P < 0.001) and with the original BODE index (mBODE r = 0.88, P < 0.001; mBODE% r = 0.93, P < 0.001) were excellent. However, the two mBODE indexes were significantly different from each other (mBODE 5.27 ± 2.3 versus mBODE% 4.31 ± 2.5; P < 0.001). The kappa coefficients were significantly lower (entire study group k = 0.5, P < 0.001) for every GOLD stage. The mean difference between the two mBODE indexes was 0.8 ± 0.6 units. Differences with the original BODE were higher for the mBODE (1.8 ± 0.9) than for the mBODE% (0.6 ± 0.8).

Conclusions: The new mBODE indexes are highly correlated but significantly different from each other. The differences between the novel indexes deserve further scrutiny.

Keywords: BODE index, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, exercise testing, multidimensional evaluation, oxygen uptake

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