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.