Authors response. The chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) control panel: towards personalised medicine in COPD

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We thank Dr Vishnivetsky et al1 for their interest in our paper on the ‘COPD control panel’. We are happy to see that our proposal has generated some debate. In their letter, Dr Vishnivetsky and colleagues raise several important issues: (1) Relevance of comorbidities. We fully agree with their comments. Whether or not they should be ‘prioritised’ in the control panel proposed is open for debate. First, we are not sure that we understand what they mean by ‘prioritised’. Comorbidities are already part of the proposal. Perhaps they are suggesting that comorbidities deserve a specific module with individual comorbidities within it. We are not against this and, in fact, we never pretended that ours should be a ‘final’ proposal. On the contrary, our intention was to generate debate among the scientific community (such as this one) in order to advance and, eventually, agree (after appropriate scientific validation)...