COPD Cases in U.S., Europe will Increase by Millions Over Next Decade

By 2028, the number of U.S. COPD patients will grow by 4.5 million, according to a new study.

The total cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is expected to grow rapidly in the United States and major European countries over the next decade, according to an analysis by analytics company GlobalData.

In the report, “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Epidemiology Forecast to 2028,” the firm estimated that COPD cases in seven major markets — including the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain and Japan — will increase from 59.3 million in 2018 to 67.2 million in 2028. 

The highest number of COPD patients will be located in the United States, where the amount of cases is expected to grow from 26.6 million to 31.1 million over the course of a decade.

Bharti Prabhakar, a senior epidemiologist at GlobalData, attributed the upward trend in COPD diagnoses to “underlying population demographics,” particularly people who have a history of smoking or had long-term exposure to air pollution.

“COPD is associated with debilitating long-term effects, and is largely irreversible, even with treatment,” Prabhakar said in a statement. “In addition to accurately diagnosing and treating COPD, understanding the risk factors and comorbidities of the disease can help improve patients’ quality of life.”

HME providers have begun to answer the challenge of rising COPD prevalence, particularly when it comes to addressing a need for remote patient monitoring services to ensure patient compliance.

“One of the challenges physicians are faced with in caring for their asthma and COPD patients is knowing if their patients are using their inhaled medication as they should,” Tushar Shah, M.D., global head of Specialty Clinical Development & Medical Affairs at Teva Pharmaceuticals, told HME Business last year. “Offering a tool that enables doctors to see data on their patients’ inhaler usage will allow them to have more productive conversations about identifying issues and how to manage their illness.”

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Haley Samsel is the Associate Content Editor of HME Business and Mobility Management.

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