The natural history of community-acquired pneumonia in COPD patients: a population database analysis.

  title={The natural history of community-acquired pneumonia in COPD patients: a population database analysis.},
  author={Hanna M{\"u}llerova and Chuba Chigbo and Gerry W Hagan and M. A. Woodhead and Marc Miravitlles and Kourtney J. Davis and Jadwiga A Wedzicha},
  journal={Respiratory medicine},
  volume={106 8},
BACKGROUND Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are at higher risk of developing Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) than patients in the general population. However, no studies have been performed in general practice assessing longitudinal incidence rates for CAP in COPD patients or risk factors for pneumonia onset. METHODS A cohort of COPD patients aged ≥ 45 years, was identified in the General Research Practice Database (GPRD) between 1996 and 2005, and annual and 10… CONTINUE READING


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