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Frontiers of Medicine

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Front. Med.    2014, Vol. 8 Issue (3) : 368-375     DOI: 10.1007/s11684-014-0360-0
Effects of comprehensive therapy based on traditional Chinese medicine patterns on older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a subgroup analysis from a four-center, randomized, controlled study
Minghang Wang1,3,Jiansheng Li2,3,*(),Suyun Li1,3,Yang Xie1,3
1. Department of Respiratory Diseases, The First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Zhengzhou 450000, China
2. The Geriatric Department, Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Zhengzhou 450046, China
3. Collaborative Innovation Center for Respiratory Disease Diagnosis and Treatment and Chinese Medicine Development of Henan Province, Zhengzhou 450046, China
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This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of comprehensive therapy based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) patterns on older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) through a four-center, open-label, randomized controlled trial. Patients were divided into the trial group treated using conventional western medicine and Bu-Fei Jian-Pi granules, Bu-Fei Yi-Shen granules, and Yi-Qi Zi-Shen granules based on TCM patterns respectively; and the control group treated using conventional western medicine. A total of 136 patients≥65 years completed the study, with 63 patients comprising the trial group and 73 comprising the control group. After the six-month treatment and the 12-month follow-up period, significant differences were observed between the trial and control groups in the following aspects: frequency of acute exacerbation (P≤0.040), duration of acute exacerbation (P = 0.034), symptoms (P≤0.034), 6-min walking distance (6MWD) (P≤0.039), dyspnea scale (P≤0.036); physical domain (P≤0.019), psychological domain (P≤0.033), social domain (P≤0.020), and environmental domain (P≤0.044) of the WHOQOL-BREF questionnaire; and daily living ability domain (P≤0.007), social activity domain (P≤0.018), depression symptoms domain (P≤0.025), and anxiety symptoms domain (P≤0.037) of the COPD-QOL. No differences were observed between the trial and control groups with regard to FVC, FEV1, and FEV1%.

Keywords chronic obstructive pulmonary disease      older adult      clinical trial      Bu-Fei Jian-Pi granules      Bu-Fei Yi-Shen granules      Yi-Qi Zi-Shen granules     
Corresponding Authors: Jiansheng Li   
Online First Date: 09 September 2014    Issue Date: 09 October 2014
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Fig.1  Enrollment of patients and completion of the subgroup analysis.
CharacteristicsTrial group (n= 63)Control group (n= 73)t/χ2/ZP
Age (year)72.48±3.9171.92±3.890.8330.406
Course of disease?222.75±455.50182.92±130.730.7140.476
Frequency (times)3.10±2.043.05±2.030.1160.908
Duration (day)10.67±7.1710.64±6.480.0200.984
Lung function
FVC (L)2.83±0.992.78±0.970.2870.775
FEV1 (L)1.32±0.501.34±0.49-0.1560.876
Smoking status
Currently smoking41562.2370.135
Not smoking2217
Number of packs smoked per month21.49±12.1519.78±11.020.7180.475
GOLD classification
GOLD 145
GOLD 223310.5780.749
GOLD 33637
Tab.1  Baseline characteristics of the patients
VariableTrial group (n = 63)Control group (n = 73)t/χ2/ZP
Frequency (times)
?Month 03.10±2.043.05±2.030.1160.908
?Month 60.46±0.590.73±0.85-2.0770.040
?Month 180.94±0.981.45±1.71-3.8330.000
?Average frequency0.62±0.651.18±0.97-3.9410.000
Frequency (constituent ratio)
?With exacerbation3760
?Without exacerbation26139.1010.003
Duration (days)
?Average duration4.08±5.526.62±4.80-2.5230.034
Tab.2  Comparison of the frequency and duration of AECOPD
Fig.2  Change in and comparison of the results of FVC, FEV1, FEV1%, total scores of symptoms, dyspnea scale, and 6MWD.
Fig.3  Change in quality of life and comparison of the physical, psychological, environmental, social domain, and total scores of the WHOQOL-BREF questionnaire and that of the results of COPD-QOL for daily living ability, social activity, depression symptoms, anxiety symptoms domain, and total scores at baseline for months 3, 6, and 18.
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