This site became the new on June 19th. Learn more.
Show more Menu IMPORTANT: Listing of a study on this site does not reflect endorsement by the National Institutes of Health. Talk with a trusted healthcare professional before volunteering for a study. Read more... Menu IMPORTANT: Talk with a trusted healthcare professional before volunteering for a study. Read more... Menu
Give us feedback

Modification Of Disease Outcome In COPD

This study has been terminated.
Academisch Ziekenhuis Groningen
The Netherlands Asthma Foundation
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
Information provided by:
Leiden University Medical Center Identifier:
First received: September 8, 2005
Last updated: January 10, 2006
Last verified: January 2005
The hypothesis to be tested of this study is that treatment with fluticasone propionate leads to an initial improvement in symptoms, quality of life and lungfunction and a reduction in airways hyperresponsiveness. The continued decline of lungfunction in COPD may not be influenced by longer lasting treatment. Addition of salmeterol will augment the initial benefits of fluticasone without changing the longterm decline in lungfunction.

Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Drug: fluticasone 500 mcg Drug: fluticasone 500 mcg + salmeterol 50 mcg Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Modification of Disease Outcome in COPD. Shortterm Versus Longterm Treatment With Inhaled Corticosteroids, Either or Not Combined With a Long-Acting Beta2-Agonist.

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Leiden University Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Inflammation: localisation, numbers and profile of neutrophils, eosinophils, macrophages, and CD8+T cells in bronchial biopsy specimens after 6 months and 2.5 years treatment.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinical: symptoms, exacerbations, quality of life, lung function, 6 min walking test. Inflammation: markers in sputum and BAL, profile of epithelial cells, remodeling.

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: April 2000
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2005
Detailed Description:

Aim The primary aim of this study was to investigate whether short-term treatment with inhaled corticosteroids in COPD results in greater improvements in airway pathology, thereby leading to larger clinical benefits, than continuous long-term treatment. To that end, the outcome variables included features of airways inflammation and remodelling as well as clinical symptoms, exacerbations, quality of life, decline in FEV1, bronchial responsiveness, and pharmaco-economics. The secondary aim of the study was to examine the histopathological and clinical benefits of the combined treatment with an inhaled steroid and a long-acting ß2-agonist in COPD.

Methods Patients. Patients with COPD (45-75 yr, >10 pckyr) not using inhaled steroids for the past 3 months were recruited.

Design. In a prospective, longitudinal, double blind, 4-arm study, the patients were followed during 2.5 years (Figure 1). They were treated with high dose inhaled corticosteroids (500 g fluticasone bid), combined inhaled steroids+long-acting ß2-agonist (500 µg fluticasone+50 µg salmeterol) or placebo for 6 months. Half of the patients in the steroid group continued their treatment with steroids for another 2 years, whereas the other half received placebo. The combination therapy and placebo groups remained unaltered treatment up to 2.5 years.

Measurements. Symptoms, exacerbations, QOL questionnaires and spirometry were monitored every 3 months. Peripheral blood eosinophils, IgE, exhaled NO, bodyplethysmography, CO-diffusion capacity, PC20 methacholine, sputum induction and bronchoscopy were performed at 0, 6, and 30 months. In BAL and induced sputum we are measuring cell differentials and their state of activation. Immunohistochemistry is being performed in bronchial biopsy specimens, staining for markers on infiltrative and resident cells, and morphometric analysis will allow airway remodelling to be quantified, by using a computerized image analysis system. The effects of treatment will be analyzed by relating the observed changes in clinical and pathophysiological outcome, to those in cellular and histological outcome by using linear mixed statistical models.


Ages Eligible for Study:   45 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion criteria:

  • COPD patients with > 10 pack years.
  • Written informed consent.
  • Able to complete a diary card.
  • At least one of the following symptoms: chronic cough, chronic sputum production, frequent exacerbations, or dyspnoea at exertion.
  • Postbronchodilator FEV1 below 90% confidence interval of predicted and postbronchodilator FEV1/FVC below 90% confidence interval of predicted.

Exclusion criteria:

  • No oral corticosteroids 3 months prior to the study or maintenance treatment with corticostroids 6 months prior to the study.
  • No history of asthma, lung diseases other than COPD, other diseases likely to interfere with the study.
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00158847

University Medical Center Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands, 9700 RB
Leiden University Medical Center
Leiden, Netherlands, 2300 RC
Sponsors and Collaborators
Leiden University Medical Center
Academisch Ziekenhuis Groningen
The Netherlands Asthma Foundation
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
Principal Investigator: Peter J. Sterk, MD, PhD Leiden University Medical Center
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00158847     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SCO30001
SER9804 / Glucold
Study First Received: September 8, 2005
Last Updated: January 10, 2006

Keywords provided by Leiden University Medical Center:
COPD inflammation sputum lung function biopsy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Salmeterol Xinafoate
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Bronchodilator Agents
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Asthmatic Agents
Respiratory System Agents
Dermatologic Agents
Anti-Allergic Agents
Adrenergic beta-2 Receptor Agonists
Adrenergic beta-Agonists
Adrenergic Agonists
Adrenergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on September 21, 2017