A 1-day meeting, attended by invited respiratory and primary-care specialists all of whom had an international profile and a specific interest in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), considered specific research recommendations from the Global Initiative in Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) workshop report. Attendees discussed developing a tool to complement spirometry and help primary-care physicians assess treatment success in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Discussion focused on the requirement of such a tool, and the limitations of existing tools. Proposals followed for a simple, cost-effective checklist for primary-care. This paper is a consensus report of the discussions from the meeting. Decisions reached on the proposed questionnaire were unanimous.