COPD-Related ED Visits in North Carolina: Hospitalizations and Return Visits

Steven J. Lippmann, Karin B. Yeatts, Anna Waller, Kristen Hassmiller Lich, Debbie Travers, Morris Weinberger, James F. Donohue


COPD is a prevalent chronic disease among older adults, responsible for substantial healthcare utilization. We used the NC DETECT surveillance system to investigate patterns of hospitalizations and short-term return visits resulting from COPD-related ED visits. We found a high prevalence of hospital admissions and return ED visits, including many repeat hospitalizations. We also provide new information about the impact of age, sex, and insurance status on these short-term outcomes.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *