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Table 2 Treatment of first exacerbations in the infrequent and frequent exacerbator subgroups

From: Characterisation of exacerbation risk and exacerbator phenotypes in the POET-COPD trial

Treatment of first exacerbation, n (%) Infrequent exacerbators Frequent exacerbators
(n = 1687) (n= 1004)
With antibioticsa 1481 (87.8) 827 (82.5)
With systemic corticosteroidsb 816 (48.5) 537 (53.3)
With antibiotics and systemic corticosteroids 615 (36.5) 361 (36.0)
Hospitalisation 315 (18.7) 125 (12.5)
  1. aRefers to n = 1686 for infrequent and n = 1003 for frequent exacerbators; bRefers to n = 1684 for infrequent and n = 1004 for frequent exacerbators.