Use the SCOPEX score and Figure 1 to estimate the risk of an exacerbation in the next six months.
Place the SCOPEX score ( ) at the appropriate point on the x axis of the graph below. The corresponding result on the y axis is the risk (percent chance) of developing a COPD exacerbation in the next six months.
The higher the score, the more likely the patient will have a COPD exacerbation in the next six months.
In order to reduce the risk of a COPD exacerbation, the following commonly employed therapies may be considered: (reference GOLD guidelines and the article cited above)
Vaccination for influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia