Price et al developed a questionnaire to distinguish asthma from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The authors are from the University of Aberdeen.



(1) age in years

(2) number of smoking pack years

(3) frequency of cough in recent years

(4) breathing problems during past 3 years

(5) admission to a hospital for breathing problems

(6) frequency of shortness of breath in recent years

(7) amount of sputum produced

(8) how often a cold goes to the chest

(9) treatment to help breathing


Each item is scored from 0 (low risk for COPD) to 1/3/4/5/6/9/11 (based on risk for COPD)


total score =

= SUM(points for all 9 parameters)



• minimum score: 0

• maximum score: 44


Total Score

Primary Pulmonary Diagnosis

0 to 18

none or asthma

19 to 44



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