Introduction: In the new GOLD classification the reduction of FEV1, expressed as percentage of predicted value (FEV1PP), is considered an important prognostic factor. However, the use of FEV1PP may introduce bias, especially if based on equations derived from populations different from the one under study. We evaluated how well the GOLD classification stratifies the mortality risk when FEV1PP is based on an equation developed in the same population that gave rise to cases, externally developed equations, or as FEV1 divided by cubed height (FEV1/Ht3). Methods: We studied 882 participants aged ≥65 years. Bronchial obstruction was defined using a fixed cut-off of 0.7 for FEV1/FVC. Predicted values of FEV1 were derived from equations based on the same sample of the cases included in this study and from the European Respiratory Society equations. Severity of bronchial obstruction was also classified according to quartiles of FEV1/Ht3. Results: All the classification systems showed a non-statistically significant linear tendency with 5-years mortality risk. For the 15-years mortality, the linear trend across severity stages is more evident for GOLD classifications, with significant increments in the hazard ratio. Stratification by FEV1/Ht3could better discriminate the functional status of participants. Conclusion: The severity of bronchial obstruction according to GOLD classes may stratify mortality risk better than quartiles of FEV1/Ht3, whereas the second seems to be more suited to stratify the risk of clinical outcomes. Concerns about the use of externally developed reference values to calculate FEV1PP do not seem confirmed, at least for GOLD classification.
|Numero di pagine||6|
|Rivista||ARCHIVOS DE BRONCONEUMOLOGÍA|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2018|
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