COPD Disease information
COPD is a common preventable and treatable disease, characterised by persistent airflow limitation that is usually progressive.1
What is COPD?
COPD is a common preventable and treatable disease, characterised by persistent airflow limitation that is usually progressive. The condition is associated with an enhanced chronic inflammatory response in the airways and lungs to noxious particles or gases.1
Find out about the global burden of COPD and its impact on patients.
COPD affects 210 million people worldwide2
COPD is now the third leading cause of mortality3
- Risk of death increases with greater symptom impact4
The burden of COPD
Almost half of patients with COPD pre-plan their daily lives around their condition5
- Many patients with COPD are fearful of symptoms and exacerbations, and describe their condition as a burden, a limitation or a disability5
- Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD). Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of COPD. Updated 2015. Available from www.goldcopd.org/uploads/users/files/GOLD_Report_2015_Apr2.pdf [Last accessed: August 2015].
- World Health Organization. Global surveillance, prevention and control of chronic respiratory diseases. Published 2007.
- World Health Organization (WHO). The top ten causes of death. Factsheet 310. Updated May 2014. Available from http://who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/index.html [Last accessed: August 2015].
- Agusti A et al. Eur Respir J 2013; 42:636–646.
- Partridge MR et al. Prim Care Respir J 2011; 20:315–323.
Date of preparation: January 2016