Background and objective An estimated 25-40% of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have never smoked. We investigated the prevalence and patient characteristics of COPD in non-smokers from Vietnam and Indonesia. Methods This population-based cross-sectional survey of participants from urban and rural Vietnam and Indonesia used a stratified multistage cluster sampling design, with sample and population weights applied to ensure representativeness. Participants were female or male (recruited in the ratio 2:1) non-smokers, 40 years or older and able to perform a spirometry test. Spirometry was performed at a single study visit. Other clinical information was collected via standardized questionnaires. Results The 1506 evaluable participants were approximately equally distributed between Vietnam and Indonesia, and rural and urban areas. Overall prevalence of COPD was found to be 6.9% (95% confidence interval (CI): 5.7-8.3), with almost three times higher prevalence in men than women (12.9% (95% CI: 9.1-18.0) vs 4.4% (95% CI: 3.0-6.5)). We found higher rates of COPD in Vietnam than Indonesia (8.1% (95% CI: 5.8-11.3) vs 6.3% (95% CI: 4.8-8.3)), with a particularly high prevalence in urban Vietnam (11.1% (95% CI: 8.1-15.1)). Very few participants (6%) diagnosed to have COPD during the study had been previously diagnosed with COPD. Respiratory symptoms and lower health-related quality of life were more common in participants with COPD. Conclusions The prevalence of COPD in non-smoking individuals from rural and urban Vietnam and Indonesia was 6.9%, of which a significant proportion (94%) were previously undiagnosed. We conducted a population-based cross-sectional survey of the prevalence and patient characteristics of COPD in 1506 non-smokers from urban and rural Vietnam and Indonesia. The overall prevalence of COPD was 6.9% (95% CI: 5.7-8.3). Very few participants (6%) had been previously diagnosed with COPD.
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- indoor air pollution