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Trials ; 20(1): 735, 2019 Dec 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31842969


BACKGROUND: The incidence, mortality, and prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are high in China. Acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD) are important events in the management of COPD because they negatively impact health status, rates of hospitalization and readmission, and disease progression. AECOPD have been effectively treated with Chinese medicine for a long time. The aim of this proposed trial is to assess the therapeutic effect of Chinese medicine (CM) on AECOPD. METHODS/DESIGN: This proposed study is a multicenter, double-blind, parallel-group randomized controlled trial (RCT). We will randomly assign 378 participants with AECOPD into two groups in a 1:1 ratio. On the basis of health education and conventional treatment, the intervention group will be treated with CM, and the control group is given CM placebo according to CM syndrome. Patients are randomized to either receive CM or placebo, 10 g/packet, twice daily. The double-blind treatment lasts for 2 weeks and is followed up for 4 weeks. The main outcome is the COPD Assessment Test; secondary outcomes are treatment failure rate, treatment success rate, length of hospital stay, AECOPD readmission rate, intubation rate, mortality, dyspnea, the 36-item Short Form Health Survey, and the COPD patient-reported outcome scale. We will document these outcomes faithfully at the beginning of the study, 2 weeks after treatment, and at the 4 weeks follow-up. DISCUSSION: This high-quality RCT with strict methodology and few design deficits will help to prove the effectiveness of CM for AECOPD. We hope this trial will provide useful evidence for developing a therapeutic schedule with CM for patients with AECOPD. TRIAL REGISTRATION:, NCT03428412. Registered on 4 February 2018.