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: 9.0 million
  • Percent of adults with diagnosed chronic bronchitis in the past year: 3.6%
  • Number of adults who have ever been diagnosed with emphysema: 3.8 million
  • Percent of adults who have ever been diagnosed with emphysema: 1.5%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2018, tables A-2b, A-2c pdf icon[PDF – 166 KB]

Physician office visits
  • Percent of visits to office-based physicians with COPD indicated on the medical record: 3.6%

Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2016 National Summary Tables, table 18 pdf icon[PDF – 793 KB]

Emergency department visits
  • Percent of visits to emergency departments with COPD indicated on the medical record: 5.6%

Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2016 Emergency Department Summary Tables, table 13 pdf icon[PDF – 738 KB]

Mortality
  • Number of deaths from chronic lower respiratory diseases (including asthma): 160,201
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases (including asthma) deaths per 100,000 population: 49.2
  • Cause of death rank: 4
  • Number of bronchitis (chronic and unspecified) deaths: 502
  • Bronchitis (chronic and unspecified) deaths per 100,000 population: 0.2
  • Number of emphysema deaths: 7,085
  • Emphysema deaths per 100,000 population: 2.2
  • Number of deaths from other chronic lower respiratory diseases (excluding asthma): 149,050
  • Other chronic lower respiratory diseases (excluding asthma) deaths per 100,000 population: 45.8

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2017, Supplemental Tables, table I-12, I-13 pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB]

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Page last reviewed: May 3, 2017