In October 2010, eighteen countries will take part in the two-month pilot phase of the first audit of COPD care across Europe. This pilot audit will involve collecting data about the way hospitals in different European countries provide care for COPD patients as well as clinical data on the process of care and outcomes for COPD patients admitted to a hospital with an exacerbation. The data-collection will be carried out using a web-based survey tool with the aim of publishing reports and analyses by mid 2011. If successful, we hope this pilot COPD audit will serve as a basis for an EU-funded audit in the whole of Europe and beyond.
September 28, 2010