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Table 1 Criteria for selecting patients

From: HOLD study (Home care Obstructive Lung Disease): natural history of patients with advanced COPD

Criteria for inclusion Criteria for exclusion Criteria for withdrawal
• Over 18 years old
• Clinical diagnosis of stage-IV COPD according to GOLD 2007 guidelines
• Functional deterioration that hampers monitoring in external consultations or PPS below 70
• Severe cognitive deterioration or severe mental illness
• Diagnosed with lung cancer or cystic fibrosis
• Impossibility of maintaining home care due to absence of main caregiver
• Not fluent in Spanish language
• Suffering from lung cancer, of recent appearance during monitoring
• Change of habitual residence outside the Northern Community of Madrid Care Directorate
• Admission to a Palliative Care Unit
• Patient decides to abandon the study