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Understanding COPD Hospitalizations : The Devil Is Always in the Details!

David M. Mannino, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Lexington, KY ,  Dr. Mannino is Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, University of Kentucky College of Public Health.

Correspondence to: David M. Mannino, MD, FCCP, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, University of Kentucky College of Public Health, 121 Washington Ave, Lexington, KY 40536; e-mail: dmannino@uky.edu



Chest. 2007;132(6):1731-1732. doi:10.1378/chest.07-1997
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COPD is an increasingly important cause of morbidity and mortality both in the United States and globally.13 Hospitalizations for COPD comprise one of the most costly components of care for this disease.45 In addition, COPD hospitalizations, which often represent severe exacerbations, frequently result in death.67 Better understanding the factors that result in COPD hospitalizations and subsequent deaths may provide us with additional strategies to target specific populations by developing prevention strategies.

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