Hospitalizations for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbations and their impact on disease and subsequent morbidity and mortality

Sabina Antonela Antoniu, Mauro Carone

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Abstract

Evaluation of: Suissa S, Dell'Aniello S, Ernst P. Long-term natural history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: severe exacerbations and mortality. Thorax 67(11), 957-963 (2012). In chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), progressive airflow limitation is a risk factor for development of disease exacerbations, which, when severe, may require hospitalization. In the discussed study, a large cohort of patients hospitalized for their first COPD exacerbation were analyzed in terms of subsequent hospitalizations and mortality risk. COPD hospitalizations were found to be a risk factor for subsequent COPD-related hospitalizations, to increase their incidence and to increase the disease-related mortality risk. Male gender was also identified as a risk factor for a higher COPD-related morbidity and mortality. Hospitalizations for COPD exacerbation should be considered as additional criterion for disease severity in tailoring the disease management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-189
Number of pages3
JournalExpert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

Keywords

  • comorbidities
  • COPD
  • exacerbation
  • hospitalization for COPD exacerbation
  • male
  • mortality
  • risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Health Policy

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