[Chronic bronchitis: prevalence and quality of life. Analysis of data from the French Health Interview Survey 2002-2003]

Rev Mal Respir. 2009 Sep;26(7):759-68. doi: 10.1016/s0761-8425(09)72427-1.
[Article in French]


Introduction: Chronic bronchitis is associated with an increased risk of COPD and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) impairment. The objectives of the study were to estimate the prevalence of chronic bronchitis and to describe its relations with quality of life.

Methods: The French Health Interview Survey was conducted in 2003 in a representative sample of households. Data were collected during an interviewer's visits to the home. Respiratory symptoms and HRQoL (SF-36) were assessed in 9,050 adults aged 45 years and older using a self-administered questionnaire.

Results: The prevalence of chronic bronchitis was estimated at 3.5%. Chronic bronchitis was associated with an impaired physical component summary score after adjusting for sex, age and dyspnoea. It was associated with a reduced mental component summary score (MCS) among men. In women, this association was only significant in the absence of dyspnoea.

Conclusion: The prevalence of chronic bronchitis was 3.5% among adults aged 45 years and older. Chronic bronchitis was associated with impairment in health-related quality of life.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Body Mass Index
  • Bronchitis, Chronic / complications
  • Bronchitis, Chronic / epidemiology*
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Dyspnea / epidemiology
  • Female
  • France / epidemiology
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / epidemiology*
  • Quality of Life*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Surveys and Questionnaires