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Tracking COPD

The Tracking Network uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau, hospital and emergency department databases provided by state and/or local health departments, and death certificates from the National Center for Health Statistics to calculate state and local data about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Tracking COPD in a standard way will help us:

  • assess the burden of COPD
  • examine trends over time
  • identify high-risk groups in need of targeted intervention
  • assess geographic differences; and
  • enhance prevention, education, and evaluation efforts.