Reported prevalence and co-morbidity of asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema: a pan-European estimation
DESIGN: A total of 6915 adults filled out a standardised questionnaire on health outcomes, including major respiratory diseases and individual characteristics.
RESULTS: Data showed that in the year preceding the survey, 3.3% of individuals had been diagnosed or treated for asthma and 6.2% for CBE. One per cent suffered simultaneously from both. Large variations were observed between cities. Physical activities and never smoking were inversely associated with CBE, independently of socio-cultural differences between the eight cities. Furthermore, both asthma and CBE were significantly related to several non-respiratory diseases, after adjustment for potential confounders.
CONCLUSION: Population-based data from eight European cities show that there is a link between chronic respiratory diseases and various non-respiratory co-morbidities that needs further investigation.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: 1: World Health Organization European Centre for Environment and Health, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Bonn, Germany 2: Istituto di Fisiologia Clinica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy 3: Service de Pneumologie Allergologie, Hôpital Nord, Marseille, France
Publication date: June 1, 2007
The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease publishes articles on all aspects of lung health, including public health-related issues such as training programmes, cost-benefit analysis, legislation, epidemiology, intervention studies and health systems research. The IJTLD is dedicated to the continuing education of physicians and health personnel and the dissemination of information on lung health world-wide.
To share scientific research of immediate concern as rapidly as possible, The Union is fast-tracking the publication of certain articles from the IJTLD and publishing them on The Union website, prior to their publication in the Journal. Read fast-track articles.
Certain IJTLD articles are also selected for translation into French, Spanish, Chinese or Russian. These are available on the Union website.
- Editorial Board
- Information for Authors
- Subscribe to this Title
- International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
- Public Health Action
- Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites