COPD Trends Brief

COPD affects 12.5 million adults and accounts for millions of emergency department visits and tens of billions in healthcare costs each year. This report presents descriptions, figures, and links to more detailed tables on trends and current patterns of the burden of COPD.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a term which refers to a large group of lung diseases characterized by obstruction of air flow that interferes with normal breathing. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the most important conditions that compose COPD and they frequently coexist.


View trends and disparities in COPD mortality (deaths) rates and counts, including by age, gender, and race/ethnicity.
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View chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and COPD prevalence (number of cases) trends and disparities by age, gender, and race/ethnicity, overlapping diagnoses, underdiagnosis, and state.
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Risk Factors and Patient Characteristics

View COPD rates by cigarette smoking status, family income, and rates of psychological distress, activity limitations, influenza vaccinations, and pneumonia vaccinations.
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View trends in COPD hospitalizations and emergency department visits, as well as economic costs.
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Data Tables

See a complete list of the data tables in this brief.
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