The prevalence of COPD: using smoking rates to estimate disease frequency in the general population.

@article{Stang2000ThePO,
  title={The prevalence of COPD: using smoking rates to estimate disease frequency in the general population.},
  author={Paul E. Stang and Eva Lydick and Cheryl Silberman and Angela Kempel and Elisa Keating},
  journal={Chest},
  year={2000},
  volume={117 5 Suppl 2},
  pages={354S-9S}
}
STUDY OBJECTIVES To develop and validate a model based on smoking rates that will provide reliable estimates of the true prevalence of COPD that include both clinically detected and undetected patients. DESIGN Model based on literature review. Age- and gender-specific rates of lung impairment by smoking status were applied to US smoking data. Resultant estimates were compared to the actual prevalence of obstructive airway disease as estimated by US national surveys. The model then was applied… CONTINUE READING