Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Includes: Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema

Data are for the U.S.

Morbidity
  • Percent of adults who have ever been diagnosed with COPD, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis: 4.6%

Source: Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2019

Physician office visits
  • Number of physician office visits with emphysema and other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as the primary diagnosis: 5.7 million

Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2016 National Summary Tables, table 15 pdf icon[PDF – 793 KB]

Emergency department visits
  • Number of emergency department visits with emphysema and other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as the primary diagnosis: 8.1 million

Source: 2018 NHAMCS Public Use File

Mortality

Chronic lower respiratory diseases (including asthma) deaths

  • Number of deaths: 156,979
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 47.8
  • Cause of death rank: 4

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2019) via CDC WONDER 

Bronchitis (chronic and unspecified) deaths

  • Number of deaths: 448
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 0.1

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2019) via CDC WONDER

Emphysema deaths

  • Number deaths: 7,272
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 2.2

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2019) via CDC WONDER

Other chronic lower respiratory diseases (excluding asthma) deaths

  • Number of deaths: 145,735
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 44.4

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2019) via CDC WONDER

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Page last reviewed: April 14, 2021