Estimating the economic burden of respiratory illness in the UK

This report, published by the British Lung Foundation, shows that respiratory illness in the UK costs the NHS £11billion a year. Lung disease is the third biggest killer in the UK. Over 700,000 hospital admissions and over 6 million hospital bed days can be attributed to  it.

Trueman, D., Woodcock, F. & Hancock, E. (2017). Estimating the economic burden of respiratory illness in the UK. Retrieved from https://www.blf.org.uk/what-we-do/our-research/economic-burden

 

Lung Disease in the UK

The British Lung Foundation have just published the final report from a three year epidemiological study looking at the impact of lung disease in the UK. In addition, it reports on 15 specific lung conditions, including: Asthma, CF, COPD, Lung Cancer, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, Pneumonia and other LRTIs, Pulmonary Embolism. The report is a rich source of data and statistics for lung disease.

Key findings

  • Lung disease is one of the top three killer diseases in the UK
  • 115,000 people a year die from lung disease – 1 person every 5 minutes
  • Mortality figures are roughly the same as 10 years ago, yet heart disease has fallen 15%
  • 1 in 5 people in the UK have been diagnosed with a lung disease
  • Every day, 1,500 new people are diagnosed with a lung disease

The report is entitled, The Battle for Breath: the impact of lung disease in the UK,  and proposes a 6-point action plan to improve respiratory health in the UK.

Download the report in full to read more.

1st June 2016