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Anemia in COPD: A Systematic Review of the Prevalence, Quality of Life, and Mortality
Anemia is common in patients with chronic diseases. However, little is known regarding the prevalence of comorbid anemia and its impact on quality of life, healthcare utilization, and mortality in patients with COPD. We conducted a systematic review and synthesis of the literature (1966 to March 2010). The prevalence of comorbid anemia in patients with COPD ranges from 7.5% to 34%, depending upon the populations selected and diagnostic tools employed to determine the level of hemoglobin.doi:10.4187/respcare.01002 pmid:21276321 fatcat:apgwigpvyjc3xdnhemvv62tjla