Bai-qiang Cai 1 , Shao-xi Cai 2 , Rong-chang Chen 3 , Li-ying Cui 4 , Yu-lin Feng 5 , Yu-tong Gu 6 , Shao-guang Huang 7 , Rong-yu Liu 8 , Guang-nan Liu 9 , Huan-zhong Shi 10 , Yi Shi 11 , Yuan-lin Song 6 , Tie-ying Sun 12 , Chang-zheng Wang 13 , Jing-lan Wang 1 , Fu-qiang Wen 5 , Wei Xiao 14 , Yong-jian Xu 15 , Xi-xin Yan 16 , Wan-zhen Yao 17 , Qin Yu 18 , Jing Zhang 6 , Jin-ping Zheng 3 , Jie Liu 6 , Chun-xue Bai 6
25 April 2014
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common disease that severely threatens human health. Acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD) is a major cause of disease progression and death, and causes huge medical expenditures. This consensus statement represents a description of clinical features of AECOPD in the People’s Republic of China and a set of recommendations. It is intended to provide clinical guidelines for community physicians, pulmonologists and other health care providers for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of AECOPD.