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Primary contact

Prof Daiana Stolz


Contact details

Clinic of Pulmonary Medicine and Respiratory Cell Research
University Hospital Basel
Petersgraben 4
+41 (0)61 265 5184

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Study information

Scientific title

PRedicting Outcome using systemic Markers In Severe Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): the PROMISE-COPD cohort study



Study hypothesis

Circulating biomarkers might be able to predict exacerbations during the stable state of the disease and the clinical outcome of the exacerbations in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Thus, we aim to:
1. Describe the four-week course of clinical, laboratorial, and lung function parameters during exacerbations of COPD as compared to the stable state of the disease
2. Explore predictors that might identify recurrence and poor outcome in the stable state and during exacerbations
3. Analyse the potential of circulating biomarkers for the diagnosis and prognosis of COPD in the stable state and during exacerbations, including a correlation with the number of hospitalisations and death of any cause
4. Assess whether easily to determine circulating biomarkers are capable to replace the widely accepted BODE (body mass index, airflow obstruction, dyspnea, and exercise capacity) index as predictor of long term prognosis in COPD
5. Analyse the impact of viral and bacterial infections as well as pulmonary embolism on in-hospital and long-term clinical outcomes

Ethics approval

Ethics Committee of Basel (Ethikkommission Beider Basel) (Switzerland), 24/09/2007, ref: EKBB 295/07

Study design

International multicentrre longitudinal closed observational cohort study

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Secondary study design

Cohort study

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Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)


COPD will be diagnosed according to the GOLD guidelines (forced expiratory volume in one second [FEV1]/forced vital capacity [FVC] ratio below 70% and an absolute reduction of FEV1 below 80% of the predicted value). Acute exacerbation of COPD will be defined as "an event in the natural course of the disease characterised by a change in the patient's baseline dyspnea, cough, and/or sputum that is beyond normal day-to-day variations, is acute in onset, and may warrant a change in regular medication in a patient with underlying COPD".

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Not Applicable

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Primary outcome measures

Clinical end-points include the following (duration of follow-up: two years):
1. Number of exacerbations, including exacerbations requiring hospitalisation and exacerbations managed by the primary care physicians
2. Number of deaths of any cause
3. Number of respiratory-related deaths
4. Time to next exacerbation, time to next exacerbation requiring hospitalisation and time to death
5. Duration of hospitalisation
6. Admission and length of stay in intensive care unit
7. Need for intubation or non-invasive ventilation
8. Need for oral steroids and antibiotics
9. Lung function and 6-minute walk test changes

Secondary outcome measures

1. Quality of life assessed by Saint Georges Respiratory Questionnaire and the 36-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) at every scheduled visits during the follow-up phase (every 6 months) and 4 weeks after an exacerbation
2. Dyspnea and respiratory symptoms as assessed by the Modified Medical Research Council (MMRC) scale and Lower Respiratory Tract Illness - Visual Analogue Scale (LRTI-VAS) at every scheduled visits during the follow-up phase (every 6 months) and 4 weeks after an exacerbation

Added 27/10/2010:
3. Measurement of daily physicial activity as assessed by a triaxial accelerometer at stable phase of the disease and exacerbation

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Participant inclusion criteria

1. Age above 40 years, both men and women
2. Smoking history greater than or equal to 10 pack years
3. Moderate to very severe COPD (Global Initiative for chronic Obstructive Lung Disease [GOLD] II to IV)
4. Currently stable disease (at least 4 weeks after resolution of the last exacerbation)
5. Willingness to participate in a longitudinal, cohort study
6. Willingness of the family physician to have the patient included in a cohort study
7. Written informed consent

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Participant exclusion criteria

1. Rapid fatal disease
2. Pulmonary condition other than COPD as the main respiratory disease, e.g. bronchiectasis, asthma or pulmonary fibrosis
3. Immunosuppression including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), organ transplantation or chronic steroid use (more than 10 mg prednisolone-equivalent per day)
4. Patients unable and unwilling to give written informed consent
5. Musculoskeletal process preventing ambulation

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Countries of recruitment

Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland

Trial participating centre

University Hospital Basel

Sponsor information


University Hospital Basel (Switzerland)

Sponsor details

c/o Dr Daiana Stolz
Clinic of Pulmonary Medicine and Respiratory Cell Research
Petersgraben 4
+41 (0)61 265 5184

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Hospital/treatment centre



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Hospital/treatment centre

Funder name

University Hospital Basel (Switzerland)

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Results and Publications

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Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

2015 results in:

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Editorial Notes

12/07/2016: Publication reference added. 27/10/2010: the overall trial end date was changed from 31/12/2011 to 31/12/2012.