TABLE 2

Second round: additional questions#

Clinical items required to define the association of COPD and bronchiectasis
In addition to the criteria already selected, should any clinical aspect be included in order to ensure only symptomatic patients are considered? (YES/NO)
If answered yes to this question, then chose one of the following:
a) Should the definition of COPD–BE include at least ONE of the following signs and symptoms: cough, expectoration, dyspnoea, fatigue, frequent infections (≥2)?
b) Should the definition of COPD–BE include at least TWO of the following signs and symptoms: cough, expectoration, dyspnoea, fatigue, frequent infections (≥2)?
c) OPEN QUESTION: is there a sign or symptom you consider essential to define COPD–BE association?
Microbiological items required to define the association of COPD and bronchiectasis
In addition to the criteria already selected, should any microbiological aspect be included? (YES/NO)
If answered yes to this question, then chose one of the following:
a) To define COPD–BE association the following criterion is required: at least one isolation of PPM in sputum in the last year in steady state
b) To define COPD–BE association the following criterion is required: >1 isolation of PPM in sputum in the last year
c) To define COPD–BE association the following criterion is required: history of chronic bronchial infection (two or more isolates of the same organism at least 3 months apart in 1 year, see ERS guidelines) by any PPM

BE: bronchiectasis; PPM: potentially pathogenic microorganisms. #: in case of an affirmative answer to the primary question (in bold), secondary questions were performed.