Essential facts, stats and quotes relating to COPD

Essential facts, stats and quotes relating to COPD

This page contains facts, stats and quotes that LPC members may find useful when writing business cases or developing resources to support the commissioning of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) case finding service, COPD management service or an inhaler technique service. 

This page is ‘work in progress’ and will continue to be updated with new facts, stats and quotes.

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Public Health England, Local Tobacco Control Profiles (accessed January 2016)

  • Approximately 25,000 people die each year from COPD in England.
  • Around 86% of these deaths are caused by smoking.

British Lung Foundation, World COPD Day: key facts (accessed January 2016)

  • Up to 20% of people with COPD have been affected by non-smoking-related causes.
  • COPD kills 30,000 people a year in the UK, just 5,000 less than the UK’s biggest cancer killer, lung cancer. Yet there is far less awareness of COPD and its devastating effects.

  • It is estimated that 2 million people in the UK have COPD but are currently undiagnosed. This means they can’t get the support to give them the quality of life they deserve.

  • Up to 25% of long-term smokers will go on to develop COPD.

NHS Digital (formerly known as HSCIC), Hospital episode statistics, admitted patient care, England – 2013-14 (January 2016)

  • COPD led to over 113,000 emergency hospital admissions in 2013 and 2014.

NHS Digital (formerly known as HSCIC),  QOF 2014-15: Prevalence, achievements and exceptions at region and nation level V1.1 (October 2015)

  • GP figures revealed that more than 1 million people are living with COPD.

Community Pharmacy Future, COPD case finding

  • Based on the findings from the COPD Case Finding Service, it is estimated that if the service was delivered from 11,100 pharmacies in England to 555,000 patients then the NHS could see benefits of:

    • lifetime savings from stopping smoking of £214.7m, 96,000 life years, and 46,000 QALYs; and

    • annual benefits of £264.5m (from diagnosing patients earlier and reduction in productivity costs).

Community Pharmacy Future, COPD support

  • Based on the findings from the COPD Support, it is estimated that if the service was delivered from 11,100 pharmacies in England the NHS could see benefits of:
    • lifetime savings from stopping smoking of £86m; and

    • annual savings of £139m (through reduced costs to NHS, social services, societal costs and improved flu vaccination uptake).



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