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.

A medical librarian performs a systematic literature search for new papers in COPD, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, encompassing systematic reviews, clinical trials, cohort and case-control studies. Relevant papers are selected for review and critically appraised by a committee member with expertise in that area.

At the full committee meeting, a decision about whether to cite a paper is made by consensus, and wording for incorporation is discussed. Following an approval process which invites review from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (through the Clinical Care and Resources Sub-Committee (CCRS) and consumer representatives, the updated guidelines are uploaded quarterly to the COPD-X website (