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This article is from Thorax, volume 67.AbstractBackground: The long-term natural history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD in terms of successive severe exacerbations and mortality is unknown. Methods: The authors formed an inception cohort of patients from their first ever hospitalisation for COPD during 1990–2005, using the healthcare databases from the province of Quebec, Canada. Patients were followed until death or 31 March 2007, and all COPD hospitalisations occurring during follow-up were identified. The hazard functions of successive hospitalised COPD exacerbations and all-cause mortality over time were estimated, and HRs adjusted for age, sex, calendar time and comorbidity. Results: The cohort included 73 106 patients hospitalised for the first time for COPD, of whom 50 580 died during the 17-year follow-up, with 50% and 75% mortality at 3.6 and 7.7 years respectively. The median time from the first to the second hospitalised exacerbation was around 5 years and decreased to



Author: Suissa, Samy; Dell'Aniello, Sophie; Ernst, Pierre

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