The overall period prevalence of patients from whom NTM was isolated was 113.2 (95% CI 105.0-122.0)/100,000 population; for pulmonary disease, prevalence was 42.8 (95% CI 37.5-48.0)/100,000 population.
With 16 million Americans diagnosed with the disease, the COPD National Action Plan has five overriding goals: empowering patients, families and caregivers to recognize the disease; equipping health care providers to provide comprehensive care to patients; collecting, analyzing, reporting and disseminating data on the disease; increasing and sustaining research on the disease; and turning chronic obstructive pulmonary disease recommendations into research and public health care actions.
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