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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

example of the data dashboard

Interactive COPD  data dashboard

To learn more about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease data from 2000 to 2013 in Tennessee, click the link below.  Our interactive data dashboard will visualize the data you select. Choose data from different options like:

  • Rate by county
  • Rate by year
  • Rate by race
  • Rate by age group

What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a term given to any of a number of progressive lung diseases.  Two common diseases are emphysema and chronic bronchitis.  In simple terms, people with COPD have increasing breathing difficulty over time.  COPD can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus.  People may experience wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness or other symptoms.  COPD is most common in adults over age 40.

The main risk factor for COPD is smoking.  The best way to prevent COPD is to not start smoking or quit smoking.  For help quitting, call the Tennessee Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). 

Another important risk factor for COPD is air quality.  People who are exposed to allergens, irritants or dangerous chemicals are at increased risk of develop breathing difficulties.

Why is tracking COPD illness important?

COPD affects millions of Americans every year.  It is the third leading cause of death in the United States.  COPD is often preventable and treatable.  These data can be used to document changes over time and place, monitor vulnerable populations and encourage smoke-free policies.

About our COPD data

This indicator estimates the number and rate of hospitalization and emergency department visits for COPD. It includes all cases where COPD is listed as a primary or other diagnosis. These data come from hospital records and may not capture the full range of COPD related illness if not explicitly documented in the records. 

Our COPD data come from emergency department visits and hospitalizations. The data include:

  • Health outcome (chronic bronchitis, emphysema)
  • State and county of residence
  • Year of hospitalization or emergency department visit

Our COPD data do not include:

  • Out-of-state residents whose illness occurred in Tennessee
  • Tennessee residents whose illness occurred out-of-state
  • Counts less than 11 per county per year

Additional resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
What is COPD?

American Lung Association (ALA)

COPD Foundation