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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
May 12, 2015

Too Many Sidelined by COPD

JAMA. 2015;313(18):1788. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.4218

Recent research indicates that the United States has a long way to go before 81.3% of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—the Healthy People 2020 goal—aren’t sidelined by their disease.

Data from the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System show that 6.4% of US adults have been diagnosed with COPD by a health professional. The analysis also found that nearly a quarter of adults with COPD (24.3%) said they weren’t able to work compared with 5.3% of those without the respiratory disease. Unemployment rates for people with COPD were similar to those for people who have had a stroke but were higher than for those with heart disease or hypertension (Wheaton AG et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015;64[11]:289-295).