Government and Regulations

Federal Health Care Data Trends: Respiratory Disorders


Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which comprises a combination of chronic and slowly progressive respiratory disorders, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, are prevalent respiratory disorders in the active-duty and veteran populations. Although chronic and manageable, asthma, COPD, and other respiratory diseases represent a significant disease burden. Women tend to develop COPD at younger ages, have more exacerbations, and yet received fewer inhaler medications and less appropriate therapies. Not only do many respiratory diseases present a risk of mortality, but evidence suggests that there is increased risk of developing lung cancer.

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