Insights into interventions in managing COPD patients: Lessons from the TORCH and UPLIFT® studies

Marc Miravitlles, Antonio Anzueto

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Influencing the progression of COPD has long been an elusive goal of drug therapy. Directly or indirectly, this has again been investigated in two of the largest, long-term drug trials in COPD: Towards a Revolution in COPD Health (TORCH) and Understanding Potential Long-Term Impacts on Function with Tiotropium (UPLIFT®). Neither trial achieved statistical significance in their respective primary outcomes; however, both make considerable contributions to understanding of how the progression of COPD may be influenced. The objective of this article is to review the data from these different trials with a view to what can be learnt about the management of COPD. The long-term improvements in lung function, health-related quality of life, and possibly survival from the use of long-acting bronchodilators in these trials suggest an influence on progression of the disease. With the more optimistic view of benefits from drug treatment of COPD that these trials provide, a review of prescribing practices is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-201
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of COPD
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 5 2009


  • Bronchodilators
  • FEV
  • Fluticasone
  • Inhaled corficosteroids
  • Mortality
  • Salmeterol
  • Tiotropium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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