Trends in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease mortality

Mo Med. 2000 Mar;97(3):87-90.


This study examines the mortality trends for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among whites and African Americans in Missouri from 1980-1996. Data from the Missouri Center for Health Information Management and Epidemiology were used to calculate mortality rates. Missouri's COPD deaths rose 40.6% from 1980-1996. Projections through the year 2006 predict continued escalation in rates. Much of the growth in COPD can be attributed to heavy tobacco use in the population.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / mortality*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Missouri / epidemiology