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Chronic Airflow Obstruction Briefing


Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH)

Subject Keywords: Chronic lung condition
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Chronic Airflow Obstruction (CAO)
Chronic Conditions
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Booklet
Region: All-island

The Chronic Conditions Hub is a website that brings together information on chronic health conditions. It allows you to easily access, manage and share relevant information resources.

The Chronic Conditions Hub includes the Institute of Public Health in Ireland’s (IPH) estimates and forecasts of the number of people living with chronic conditions.

On the Chronic Conditions Hub you will find:

- A Briefing for each condition

- Detailed technical documentation

- Detailed national and sub-national data that can be downloaded or explored using online data tools

- A prevalence tool that allows you to calculate prevalence figures for your population data

Chronic airflow obstruction (CAO) is a chronic lung condition that interferes with normal breathing. For the purpose of this briefing, CAO includes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

CAO is responsible for a substantial amount of early deaths, reduced quality of life and significant costs to the health and social care system and to the economy. The World Health Organization estimates that COPD is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide and predicts that it will soon become the third leading cause of death.





Rights: © IPH
Suggested citation:

Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH). (2012) Chronic Airflow Obstruction Briefing [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 12th November 2019].


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