Quantifying health services use for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

@article{Gershon2013QuantifyingHS,
  title={Quantifying health services use for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.},
  author={Andrea S Gershon and Jun M. Guan and J Charles Victor and Roger S Goldstein and Teresa To},
  journal={American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine},
  year={2013},
  volume={187 6},
  pages={
          596-601
        }
}
RATIONALE Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a common manageable condition, is a leading cause of death. A better understanding of its impact on health-care systems would inform strategies to reduce its burden. OBJECTIVES To quantify health services use in a large, North American COPD population. METHODS We conducted a cohort study using health administrative data from Ontario, a province with a population of 13 million and universal health-care insurance. All individuals with… CONTINUE READING
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