Overview

Respiratory conditions affect the airways, including the lungs as well as the passages that transfer air from the mouth and nose into the lungs. They can be long lasting (chronic) or short term (acute) and can cause ill health, disability and death.

More reports and statistics on respiratory conditions can be found under Chronic disease.

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Latest findings

Around 1 in 4 aged 15 and over with asthma had a written asthma action plan, based on 2017–18 self-reported survey data

389 deaths were due to asthma in 2018

In 2017–18, females aged 15 and over were 2.3 times more likely to be admitted to hospital for asthma than males

The prevalence of COPD was higher in the lowest socioeconomic area compared with that in the highest socioeconomic area

In 2017–18, admissions to hospital for COPD were highest in winter and early spring

COPD was the 5th leading cause of death in 2018

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