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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

COPD: Background Information (2008)

Identifying Information and Availability

Bibliographic Source
American Dietetic Association. American Dietetic Association Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Evidenced-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline, Chicago (IL): American Dietetic Association; 2008.


This guideline was not adapted from another source. Development of the guideline was conducted in accordance with the Appraisal of Guidelines Research Evaluation critical appraisal instrument.

Date Released


Guideline Developer

American Dietetic Association.

Guideline Status

This is the first release of the ADA Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline.

 Guideline Reviewers

  • Nany Collins, PhD, RD, LD/N, FAPWCA
  • Michael Donahoe, MD
  • Carla Holley, RRT
  • Peg Judy, BA, RTT-RCP
  • Desiree Parella, RD
  • Annemie Schols

Expert Work Group

  • Sandra I. Austhof, MS, RD, LD, CNSD, Chair
  • Carrie Gleeksman, MS, RD
  • Ainsley Malone, MS, RD, LD, CNSD
  • Juliet M. Mancino, MS, RD,CDE
  • Donna Mueller, PhD, RD, FADA
  • Ann Neussendorfer, RD

Former Work Group Members

  • Irma A. Ishkanian, RD
  • Margaret W. Lange, MNS, RD, LD

Project Manager/Lead Evidence Analyst

  • Erica K. Gradwell, MS, RD
Evidence Analysts
  • Ellen K. Bowser, MS, RD, CSP
  • Erica K. Gradwell, MS, RD
  • Kimberly R. Larson, MS, RD, LN
  • Margaret A. Maher, PhD, RD
  • Ranae Rogerson, MS, RD, LDN    
Financial Contributor
  • Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • American Dietetic Association
ADA Staff
  • Deborah Cummins, PhD
  • Kari Kren, MPH, RD
  • Esther F. Myers, PhD, RD  
Note: ADA acknowledges and is grateful for support from sponsors; however ADA’s Scientific Affairs and Research maintains full control over the content and process of all evidence analysis projects including the selection of topics, evaluation of research, assignment of grades, and development of recommendations. 

Disclosures of Potential Conflict of Interest: In the interest of full disclosure, ADA has adopted the policy of revealing relationships workgroup members have with companies that sell products or services that are relevant to this topic. Workgroup members are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest by completing the ADA Conflict of Interest Form. It should not be assumed that these financial interests will have an adverse impact on the content, but they are noted here to fully inform readers. 


Juliet Mancino, is employed at the University of Pittsburg and participated in grant/research for NIH-NIDDK and Sanofi-events.
Margaret Lange, is employed by Washington County Hospital and has participated in grants/research for Amgen and Quintiles. She also recieved Honorariums from World Congress and hold membership with MDA, AM Lung Association, and Asthma Coalition.


The guideline will be available online.

Availability of Companion Documents

The COPD Toolkit is a set of companion documents which detail how the practitioner applies the Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline in practice. The Toolkit will include items such as documentation forms, outcomes-monitoring sheets, client education resources, case studies and MNT protocols for implementing the Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline.

Patient Resources

Patient education resources will be available within the COPD Toolkit.

National Library of Medicine Subject Headings

  • The main MeSH category is designated as Therapeutics.
  • The sub-categories under this heading include Nutrition Therapy and Diet Therapy.

Institutes of Medicine (IOM) National Healthcare Quality Report Categories

  • IOM care need: Getting better
  • IOM domain: Effectiveness, patient-centeredness.

Copyright Statement

The American Dietetic Association encourages the free exchange of evidence in nutrition practice guidelines and promotes the adaptation of the guidelines for local conditions. However, please note that guidelines are subject to copyright provisions. To replicate or reproduce this guideline, in part or in full, please obtain agreement from the American Dietetic Association. Contact eal@adaevidencelibrary.com for copyright permission.

When modifying the guidelines for local circumstances, significant departures from these comprehensive guidelines should be fully documented and the reasons for the differences explicitly detailed.

©2008 American Dietetic Association.



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