Risk Factors for Repeat Healthcare Use following Hospitalisation with an Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Breda Cushen
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is one of the leading causes of deathworldwide. Up to one-tenth of patients hospitalised with a COPD exacerbation dieduring admission and, of those surviving to discharge, more than one-third will bereadmitted within 90 days with many more treated for a repeat exacerbation in theemergency department or in the community. These figures are reported universally,despite significant variation in the access to, structure and resources of healthcaresystems across different jurisdictions. However, even...
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