COPD--Impact of Undertreated Symptoms

Veronica Hackethal, MD

A new study reports the impact on work productivity and lifestyle of undertreated COPD in the US, Europe, and China.

COPD is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide.  A recent CDC study suggests that people with COPD are 5 times less able to work, 3 times more limited in their activities, and over 3 times more limited in their ability to walk or climb stairs than those without COPD.2 Moreover, the impact on physical activity can create a downward spiral, limiting activity in other parts of life like social and family routines. Limitations on physical activity are also the strongest predictors of death in patients with COPD.3This short slide show summarizes results of a recent study that examined the impact of COPD symptom burden in the US, Europe, and China.