The Tracking Network provides data about health effects due to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). These data can be used to assess the burden of COPD, monitor trends over time, identify high-risk groups, and enhance prevention, education, and evaluation efforts.
Understanding that the data have limitations is important. These data come from hospital records, but individuals may have COPD exacerbations due to exposure to an environmental risk factor that do not result in a hospital visit which are not reflected in this data. This limits the ability to compare data across states. In addition, death investigation laws and reporting vary by place. This limits the ability to compare mortality data across locations.
This indicator uses data from state emergency department records and the U.S. Census Bureau. It estimates the number and rate of emergency department visits for COPD. These data can be used to identify trends and patterns of emergency department visits over time and in different geographic areas, such as states and counties. Advanced options include age group, and gender. Data are available at the state and county level for select states.
This indicator uses data collected by hospitals and estimates the number and rate of people who were admitted to the hospital due to COPD. It can be used to identify trends and patterns in COPD hospitalizations across time and space. This data may be compared with other risk factors, such as air pollution, to identify at-risk populations and environmental relationships. Advanced options include age group and gender.
This indicator uses data from death certificates to evaluate deaths that have identified COPD as an underlying cause. Advanced options include race/ethnicity, age group, and gender. Data are available for the entire United States.