The causes and consequences of seasonal variation in COPD exacerbations

@inproceedings{Donaldson2014TheCA,
  title={The causes and consequences of seasonal variation in COPD exacerbations},
  author={Gavin C Donaldson and Jadwiga A Wedzicha},
  booktitle={International journal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease},
  year={2014}
}
The time of year when patients experience exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a much-overlooked feature of the disease. The higher incidence of exacerbations in winter has important consequences for patients in terms of increased morbidity and mortality. The seasonality also imposes a considerable burden on already-overloaded health care services, with both primary care consultations and hospital admissions increasing in number. The seasonality of exacerbations varies with… CONTINUE READING
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