Definitely not. It's a serial comma and essential in that sentence.
Also when evaluation of new assessment, different outcome measures need to be added to the respiratory
outcome besides the currently adapted outcome measures of improvement of lung function tests, reduced
exacerbation rates and hospitalisation rate that are currently used.
irrespective of the odd structure (am I right?) of the sentence below, I would like to know if the comma after "tests" have made the sentence more odd? I think that it should have been removed.
I can make little sense of the sentence as it stands.
Well, to my knowledge, it's a paper on COPD written by a doctor who lives and teaches in an English language country.That's all I know.
It could be the result of copy and paste- that can be the cause of some strangeness in papers.
I don't think so, at least in this case, that this strangeness would be caused by copy and paste process.