Prevalence, risk factors, activity limitation and health care utilization of an obese, population-based sample with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Canadian Respiratory Journal, 06/08/2012
Vozoris N et al. – The prevalence of obesity was higher in COPD, and exceeded that of the larger non–chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) group throughout the 13–year observation period. The presence of obesity in COPD was associated with significantly higher risk of severe activity limitation and increased health care utilization. The combination of obesity and COPD has major implications for health care delivery that has not been previously appreciated.