Variation in adherence with Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) drug therapy guidelines: a retrospective actuarial claims data analysis

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a disease that requires lifelong adherence to complicated drug therapy regimens. This claims-based analysis of COPD patients, published in Current Medical Research and Opinion, suggests less than optimal compliance with recommended drug therapy treatment for COPD patients based on Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) guidelines. This study further suggests that claims-data analyses provide reasonable aggregate distributions of COPD severity, which can be used by health plans and disease management programs to improve drug therapy management. Link to abstract of article from Informa Health Care.