Dr. Claude Poirier, University of Montreal, Montréal, QC

By 2020, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) will be the third cause of mortality. Extrapulmonary comorbidities influence the cares of patients with COPD : coronary heart disease, heart failure and lung cancer, systemic venous thromboembolism, anxiety, depression, osteoporosis, obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, sleep disturbance and anaemia. All of these diseases potentiate the morbidity of COPD, leading to increased hospitalisations and healthcare utilization. They are associated with poor pronosis. Comorbidities are a challenge in care of COPD and need to be evaluated and treated adequately.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • discuss the prevalence of comorbidities in COPD;
  • explain the impact of the comorbidities on COPD prognosis; and
  • propose an integrative approach in COPD care.