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COPD can interrupt daily activity, sleep patterns and the ability to exercise.

People with COPD rate their health worse than people without the condition. In 2014–15, 22% of those aged 45 years and over with COPD rated their health as poor, compared to 6% of those aged 45 years and over without it. At the same time, 25% of those with COPD rated their health as very good or excellent compared to 50% of those without COPD (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Self-assessed health among people with and without COPD, ages 45+, 2014–15

The vertical bar chart shows that only 2% of people aged 45 and over with COPD rated their health as excellent, compared to 16% of those without COPD. People aged 45 and over with COPD were more likely to rate their health as fair or poor than those without COPD.

Notes

  1. COPD refers to self-reported doctor diagnosed emphysema and/or bronchitis.
  2. Age standardised to the 2001 Australian Standard Population.
  3. COPD occurs mostly in people aged 45 and over. While it is occasionally reported in younger age groups, in those aged 45 and over there is more certainty that the condition is COPD and not another respiratory condition. For this reason only people aged 45 and over are included in this graph.

Source: AIHW analysis of ABS Microdata, National Health Survey (NHS) 2014–15 (Data table).


Reference

  1. ABS 2016. National Health Survey: First results, 2014–15. ABS Cat no. 4364.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS.