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Rev Mal Respir. 2009 Sep;26(7):759-68.

[Chronic bronchitis: prevalence and quality of life. Analysis of data from the French Health Interview Survey 2002-2003].

[Article in French]

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Institut de veille sanitaire, Saint-Maurice, France. c.fuhrman@invs.sante.fr

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Chronic bronchitis is associated with an increased risk of COPD and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) impairment. The objectives of the study were to estimate the prevalence of chronic bronchitis and to describe its relations with quality of life.

METHODS:

The French Health Interview Survey was conducted in 2003 in a representative sample of households. Data were collected during an interviewer's visits to the home. Respiratory symptoms and HRQoL (SF-36) were assessed in 9,050 adults aged 45 years and older using a self-administered questionnaire.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of chronic bronchitis was estimated at 3.5%. Chronic bronchitis was associated with an impaired physical component summary score after adjusting for sex, age and dyspnoea. It was associated with a reduced mental component summary score (MCS) among men. In women, this association was only significant in the absence of dyspnoea.

CONCLUSION:

The prevalence of chronic bronchitis was 3.5% among adults aged 45 years and older. Chronic bronchitis was associated with impairment in health-related quality of life.

PMID:
19953018
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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