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: 8.6 million
  • Percent of adults with diagnosed chronic bronchitis in the past year: 3.5%
  • Number of adults who have ever been diagnosed with emphysema: 3.4 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, 2017, tables A-2b, A-2c Cdc-pdf[PDF – 166 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 Cdc-pdf[PDF – 679 MB]

Emergency department visits
Mortality
  • Number of deaths from chronic lower respiratory diseases (including asthma): 154,596
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases (including asthma) deaths per 100,000 population: 47.8
  • Cause of death rank: 4
  • Number of bronchitis (chronic and unspecified) deaths: 518
  • Bronchitis (chronic and unspecified) deaths per 100,000 population: 0.2
  • Number of emphysema deaths: 6,977
  • Emphysema deaths per 100,000 population: 2.2
  • Number of deaths from other chronic lower respiratory diseases (excluding asthma): 143,583
  • Other chronic lower respiratory diseases (excluding asthma) deaths per 100,000 population: 44.4

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2016, Supplemental Tables, table I-12, I-13 Cdc-pdf[PDF – 2 MB]

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Page last reviewed: May 3, 2017