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[Editorial] Palliative care in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is increasing in prevalence, and is associated with a high mortality rate. The latest data from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015, published on Aug 16 in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, show that 3·2 million people died from COPD worldwide in 2015, an increase of 11·6% com-pared with 1990. From 1990 to 2015, the prevalence of COPD increased by 44·2%, although age-standardised death and prevalence rates have fallen overall.

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