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Characterizing regional care differences in COPD and its burden across New Brunswick

Category(s): Health
Status: Active
Principal: Ted McDonald
Project Number: P0097
Year Approved: 2022

Project Description

The primary objective of this study is to describe regional variations in the care and burden of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) across New Brunswick (including COPD prevalence, incidence, mortality, treatment utilization and healthcare resource utilization [HCRU]). Secondary objectives include: examining potential drivers of regional differences in COPD care and burden (i.e. marginalization index, air quality, socioeconomic status), as well as assessing regional variations in cost of HCRU. The exploratory objective of the study includes an assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on COPD burden, examining trends in HCRU pre-pandemic and during the pandemic. Findings from this study will help support initiatives aimed at improving care for patients with COPD, while also minimizing the economic impact on the healthcare system.