Screening for COPD using a validated screening tool is an important step in identifying patients who may be at risk for COPD.
The COPD screening tool is easy to use and can be self-administered by the patient in a clinician's office. Currently, there are two validated screening tools. Both tools involve five questions related to a patient's smoking history and symptoms. The questions are scored based on the patient's risk for COPD.
The COPD Alliance provides clinicians access to a validated COPD Population ScreenerTM (COPD-PS) online. Clinicians can download the COPD-PS (English and Spanish versions) for use in their offices or instruct patients to take the electronic version online.
Screening alone does not confirm a COPD diagnosis. However, using the final screening score, clinicians can determine if a patient should undergo spirometry testing to confirm a COPD diagnosis. All patients who score 5 or greater on the validated screener should undergo spirometry testing to confirm diagnosis.