A new analysis of COPD hospitalizations and mortality rates found that women are experiencing the greater burden than men.

Researchers analyzed data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Nationwide Inpatient Sample and found more than 8.5 million hospitalizations for COPD-related health problems between 2005 and 2014.

In-hospital mortality decreased over the study period to 1.4% for white patients, to 0.66% for black patients, and to 1.2% for Hispanic patients. However, while the decreasing mortality trend was observed for white, black, and Hispanic patients, the researchers found that women accounted for most of the hospitalizations (57% to 58%) and in-hospital deaths (51% to 55%).

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