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Prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with breathlessness in Australia: weighted using the 2016 Australian census

Toelle, BG, Ampon, RD, Abramson, MJ, James, AL, Maguire, GP, Wood-Baker, R, Johns, DP ORCID: 0000-0002-1575-6850 and Marks, GB 2021 , 'Prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with breathlessness in Australia: weighted using the 2016 Australian census' , Internal Medicine Journal, vol. 51, no. 5 , pp. 784-787 , doi: 10.1111/imj.15325.

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Abstract

Access to up-to-date Australian disease prevalence estimates assists health services and consumer organisations to plan and allocate resources. The Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease study was conducted between 2006 and 2012 and provided chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (post-bronchodilator airflow limitation) prevalence estimates weighted to the 2006 Australian census. Using the 2016 Australian census, an updated prevalence estimate of all COPD is 8.30% (95% confidence interval = 6.59%-10.01%) for adults aged 40 or more years in Australia and includes 2.52% with mild breathlessness, 0.99% with moderate breathlessness and 0.91% with severe breathlessness.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Toelle, BG and Ampon, RD and Abramson, MJ and James, AL and Maguire, GP and Wood-Baker, R and Johns, DP and Marks, GB
Keywords: COPD, breathlessness, prevalence, spirometry
Journal or Publication Title: Internal Medicine Journal
Publisher: Blackwell Science Asia
ISSN: 1444-0903
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/imj.15325
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© 2021 Royal Australasian College of Physicians

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