Vol. 2, Issue 9 (2016)
Prevalence of acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in family medicine health center Modriča
Author(s): Dr. Sanja Tesanovic, Dr Dijana Haseljic
Abstract: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a leading, but not enough acqnowledged cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Today this disease is the fourth leading cause of death in adults, and the World Health Organization predicts that by 2020, to become the third the most common cause of death worldwide. The aim of this study was to investigate the frequency of exacerbations in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in relation to sex, age, smoking status, disease severity, and present comorbidities and quality of life of patients. The study included 120 patients registered in 4 teams of family medicine at the Public Health Institution Health Center in Modriča, where the disease is diagnosed based on GOLD criteria. Respondents are selected randomly. Data were collected by using a questionnaire created for the purpose of research and CAT questionnaire to assess the quality of life of patients. The study was conducted prospectively, during the six-month period from December 10th 2014 to June 10th 2015.