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Review: regular inhaled short acting β2 agonists improve lung function in stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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Q Is regular treatment with inhaled short acting β2 agonists (ISABAs) effective for stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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Cochrane Collaboration trials register up to and including May 2002 and reference lists of review articles and retrieved studies.

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randomised, placebo controlled trials of ISABAs given to patients with stable COPD for ⩾7 days. Individual study quality was assessed on the basis of allocation concealment.

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forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1 …

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Footnotes

  • A modified version of this abstract appears in ACP Journal Club.

  • For correspondence: Dr F S F Ram, National Collaborating Centre of Women and Children’s Health, London, UK. fsframyahoo.co.uk

  • Source of funding: the Netherlands Asthma Foundation.