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

Data are for the U.S.

Morbidity

  • Number of adults with diagnosed chronic bronchitis in the past year: 8.9 million
  • Percent of adults with diagnosed chronic bronchitis in the past year: 3.7%
  • Number of adults who have ever been diagnosed with emphysema: 3.5 million
  • Percent of adults who have ever been diagnosed with emphysema: 1.4%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2016, table A-2 [PDF – 168 KB]

Physician office visits

  • Percent of visits to office-based physicians with COPD indicated on the medical record: 3.2%

Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2015 State and National Summary Tables, table 19 [PDF – 679 MB]

Emergency department visits

  • Number of visits to emergency departments with COPD: 7.3 million

Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2015 Emergency Department Summary Tables, table 13 [PDF – 676 KB]

Mortality

  • Number of deaths from chronic lower respiratory diseases (including asthma): 155,041
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases (including asthma) deaths per 100,000 population: 48.2
  • Cause of death rank: 3
  • Number of bronchitis (chronic and unspecified) deaths: 617
  • Bronchitis (chronic and unspecified) deaths per 100,000 population: 0.2
  • Number of emphysema deaths: 7,249
  • Emphysema deaths per 100,000 population: 2.3
  • Number of deaths from other chronic lower respiratory diseases (excluding asthma): 143,560
  • Other chronic lower respiratory diseases (excluding asthma) deaths per 100,000 population: 44.7

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2015, Supplemental Tables, table I-21, I-22 [PDF – 2.7 MB]

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