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COPD

19 July 2011

Rural living with COPD is risky

Living in a rural area with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) puts patients at higher-risk for dying of a COPD exacerbation, a US Veterans Affairs study shows.

Living in a rural area with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) puts patients at higher-risk for dying of a COPD exacerbation, a US Veterans Affairs study shows.

Unadjusted flare-related mortality rates were higher for patients from isolated rural areas (5.0%) and rural areas (4.0%) than for patients from urban areas (3.8%; p=0.002). according to findings scheduled to appear in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

 

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