Prevalence and Incidence of Chronic lower respiratory diseases


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About prevalence and incidence statistics: The term 'prevalence' of Chronic lower respiratory diseases usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Chronic lower respiratory diseases at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Chronic lower respiratory diseases refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Chronic lower respiratory diseases diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalance of Chronic lower respiratory diseases: estimated 32 million including 15 million undiagnosed
Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 8 or 11.76% or 32 million people in USA [about data]
Undiagnosed prevalence of Chronic lower respiratory diseases: estimated 15 million
Undiagnosed prevalence rate: approx 1 in 18 or 5.51% or 15 million people in USA [about data]

Prevelance statistics about Chronic lower respiratory diseases: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Chronic lower respiratory diseases:

  • 71,900 home health care patients had chronic pulmonary disease as a primary diagnosis in the US 2000 (National Home and Hospice Care Survey, NCHS, CDC)
  • 5.3% of home health care patients had chronic pulmonary disease as a primary diagnosis in the US 2000 (National Home and Hospice Care Survey, NCHS, CDC)
  • 4,500 hospice care patients had chronic pulmonary disease as a primary diagnosis in the US 2000 (National Home and Hospice Care Survey, NCHS, CDC)
  • 4.3% of hospice care patients had chronic pulmonary disease as a primary diagnosis in the US 2000 (National Home and Hospice Care Survey, NCHS, CDC)

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