Executive Summary: Prevention of Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: American College of Chest Physicians and Canadian Thoracic Society Guideline.
Chest. 2014 Oct 16;
Authors: Criner GJ, Bourbeau J, Diekemper RL, Ouellette DR, Goodridge D, Hernandez P, Curren K, Balter MS, Bhutani M, Camp PG, Celli BR, Dechman G, Dransfield MT, Fiel SB, Foreman MG, Hanania NA, Ireland BK, Marchetti N, Marciniuk DD, Mularski RA, Ornelas J, Road JD, Stickland MK
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common disease with substantial associated morbidity and mortality. Patients with COPD usually have a progression of airflow obstruction that is not fully reversible and can lead to a history of progressive worsening breathlessness that can impact daily activities and health-related quality of life. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in Canadian men and women and the third in the U.S., it claimed 133,965 U.S. lives in 2009. In 2011, 12.7 million U.S. adults were estimated to have COPD. However, approximately 24 million U.S. adults have evidence of impaired lung function, indicating an under diagnosis of COPD. While 4% of Canadians aged 35 to 79 self-reported being diagnosed with COPD, direct measurements of lung function from the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) indicate that 13% of Canadians had a lung function score indicative of COPD.
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