Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major personal and public health burden in Australia
Article first published online: 11 APR 2008
© 2008 The Authors. Journal Compilation © 2008 Public Health Association of Australia
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume 32, Issue 2, pages 139–141, April 2008
How to Cite
Frith, P. A., Cafarella, P. A. and Duffy, J. M. (2008), Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major personal and public health burden in Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 32: 139–141. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2008.00190.x
- Issue published online: 11 APR 2008
- Article first published online: 11 APR 2008
- Submitted: May 2007 Revision requested: July 2007 Accepted: February 2008
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease;
- disease burden;
- public health
Objective: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious disease that is increasing in prevalence, yet is under-diagnosed and under-recognised in Australia. The goal is to bring this to the attention of public health and offer recommendations in order to reduce the present and future burden from COPD.
Approach: The increase in prevalence, particularly in women, and the impact upon personal and public health demonstrate that COPD is a major public health issue. A proactive approach for public health is suggested, including strategies to increase smoking cessation among at-risk groups, reduce delayed diagnosis, extend disease management strategies, and establish an Australian research base.
Conclusion: The reduction of the burden from COPD is contingent upon a proactive approach by public health that includes approaching it as a research priority and the provision of adequately resourced prevention and management strategies.