The Burden of Respiratory Disorders to Sufferers
Respiratory disease is highly prevalent. One person in five in the UK is affected by lung disease, and at least 8.4 million people live with respiratory disorders:1-5
- The rate of people being diagnosed with respiratory conditions is growing quickly
These disorders impose a heavy burden on patients, in terms of physical and mental health. It is not only the patients themselves who are affected, but those who care for them as well.
Respiratory infections are ranked as the greatest single contributor to the overall burden of disease in the world, as measured in disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) lost, which estimate the amount of active and productive life lost due to a condition.6
A low quality of life is associated with respiratory conditions:
- Simple daily tasks become difficult
Infants and young children are particularly at risk. Nine million children under 5 years of age die annually and lung diseases are the most common causes of these deaths.6
- NHS Choices, cystic fibrosis, at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cysticfibrosis/Pages/Introduction.aspx. Accessed November 2013.
- NHS Choices, Bronchiectasis, at: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Bronchiectasis/Pages/Introduction.aspx. Accessed November 2013.
- NHS Choices, Asthma introduction, at: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/asthma/Pages/Introduction.aspx. Accessed November 2013.
- NHS Choices, COPD introduction, at: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/Pages/Introduction.aspx. Accessed November 2013.
- British Lung Foundation, About us, at: http://www.blf.org.uk/Page/About-us. Accessed November 2013.
- Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS). Respiratory diseases in the world. Realities of Today – Opportunities for Tomorrow. European Respiratory Society, Sheffield, UK, 2013. http://ersnet.org/images/firs-world-report.pdf. Accessed November 2013.