Epidemiology of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Clin Chest Med. 1990 Sep;11(3):375-87.


Morbidity and mortality rates for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have been increasing over time. Epidemiologic investigators of COPD have been exploring the reasons for these increases through prevalence surveys and longitudinal studies. This article examines some of the recent findings.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollution / adverse effects
  • Alcohol Drinking
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / epidemiology*
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • United States / epidemiology