Status: Baseline only


Reduce emergency department visits for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Baseline: 101.6 emergency department visits for COPD per 10,000 adults aged 45 years and over occurred in 2016 (age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population)

Target: 64.0 emergency department visits for COPD per 10,000 adults

Target Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance


COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a group of diseases — including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and non-reversible asthma — that make it hard to breathe and can cause death. COPD is a major cause of disability and one of the leading causes of death in the United States — and many people who have COPD may not know it. Strategies to reduce emergency department visits for COPD include reducing smoking and exposure to air pollution, teaching people with COPD how to manage it, and promoting tests that can find it earlier.