COPD-X Methodology

COPD-X is produced by Lung Foundation Australia’s COPD Guidelines Committee, a multidisciplinary group which meets to evaluate the current literature and undertake quarterly updates of the guidelines for the Australian and New Zealand context.

The guidelines coordinator at Lung Foundation Australia performs a quarterly systematic literature search (developed by a medical librarian) for COPD within PubMed for new literature. Following screening, included articles are critically appraised by a COPD-X Guidelines Committee member with relevant expertise. If appropriate, the article is cited, and wording changed within the relevant section as recommended by the reviewer. Changes are finalised through a consensus approach. Biannually, the quarterly update is reviewed for endorsement by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. The updated guidelines are uploaded quarterly to the COPD-X website.