From a recent pilot study1, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was found to be among the first cause for hospital admissions, most commonly than acute myocardial infarction and pneumonia. A shift of the paradigm for healthcare from acute to chronic care is required for the optimal management of patients with COPD and other chronic diseases.
|Good news: when you treat an exacerbation early by optimizing COPD treatment, you can prevent exacerbations or at least their complications.|
 K.R. Chapman. M. Buthan, J. Bourbeau et al. The hospital burden of COPD in Canada. Abstract 1137. ATS 2010.
 O'Donnell DE, Aaron J., Bourbeau J. et al. Canadian Thoracic Society recommendations for management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - 2007 update. Can Respir J 2007;14(Suppl B):5B-32B.
 Almagro P, Calbo E, Ochoa E et al. Mortality after hospitalization for COPD. Chest 2002; 121(5):1441-1448.
 Thom T, Haase N, Rosamond W et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics--2006 update: a report from the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Circulation 2006; 113(6):e85-151