The BOLD initiative is designed to provide a means to collect high-quality,
country-specific data on the prevalence and social and economic burden of
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) using strictly standardized,
tested methods. BOLD data will enable governments and the private sector to
make policy decisions on how to provide adequate and appropriate care for those
suffering from COPD.
COPD prevalence is generally higher than is recognized by health
authorities because prevalence estimates have mostly relied on self-reported
doctor-diagnosis, a notoriously unreliable source of information for COPD.
There is an urgent need for reliable prevalence data obtained from
population-based surveys using carefully standardized methods.
The BOLD Initiative offers standardized methods for prevalence of COPD and an
Operations Center that works with sites to plan, train and carry out surveys,
and analyze the data. It will also offer an interactive model of the economic
burden of COPD that will be available to all.
The Operations Center (OC) for the BOLD Initiative has been funded by
unrestricted educational grants from pharmaceutical companies to the
Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland,
Oregon. The BOLD Operations Center moved to London in 2008. Any inquiries about
current activites should be made to Peter Burney through the London BOLD OC