In 1995, the European Respiratory Society published a European
Consensus Statement on the optimal assessment and management of COPD.
In the document, several important areas for future research are
identified that may help to increase knowledge of the current situation
of COPD within Europe; these include pathophysiology, epidemiology, and
the clinical benefits of treatment. This article reviews a selection of
important data that have become available since the consensus statement
was published, with a specific focus on epidemiology and