Global Associations between Air Pollutants and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Hospitalizations: A Systematic Review.

E Moore, Evangelia Chatzidiakou, M-O Kuku, Roderic Jones, L Smeeth, S Beevers, FJ Kelly, B Barratt & J Quint
BACKGROUND: Exacerbations are key events in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), affecting lung function decline and quality of life. The effect of exposure to different air pollutants on COPD exacerbations is not clear. OBJECTIVE: To carry out a systematic review examining associations between air pollutants and hospital admissions for COPD exacerbations. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE, BIOSIS & Science Citation Index, and the Air Pollution Epidemiology Database were searched from 1980 until September 2015. DATA EXTRACTION:...
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