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BODE Index

Predicting COPD Mortality With the BODE Index


Updated June 06, 2014

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The BODE Index is a tool used by health care professionals to help predict COPD mortality, meaning how long a person will live after diagnosis. Presumably, a higher BODE score correlates with an increased risk of death.

The BODE Index

Variable Points on BODE Index
  0 1 2 3
FEV1 (% predicted) ≥65 50-64 36-49 ≤35
6-Minute Walk Test (meters) ≥350 250-349 150-249 ≤149
MMRC Dyspnea Scale 0-1 2 3 4
Body Mass Index >21 ≤21

To learn about the BODE Index in greater detail, visit: Factors Influencing COPD Life Expectancy.

NOTE: The BODE Index is meant to be used as a tool, for informational purposes only. It should not replace the advice of a health care professional.


Dennis E. Doherty, MD, FCCP, Mark H. Belfer, DO, FAAFP, Stephen A. Brunton, MD Leonard Fromer, MD, Charlene M. Morris, MPAS, PA-C, Thomas C. Snader, PharmD, CGP, FASCP. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Consensus Recommendations for Early Diagnosis and Treatment. Journal of Family Practice, November, 2006.

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