Illinois Behavioral Risk Surveillance Survey

A series of five questions related to COPD were included on the 2011 Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS). The results of the survey give policy makers, health care providers and support organizations a clearer picture of who has COPD and what can be done to best serve people living with the disease whether or not they are diagnosed.


The survey found that approximately 583,963 adults in Illinois (6.1 percent) have been diagnosed with COPD. Based on government estimates that as many as half of the people living with COPD are undiagnosed, an estimated 1.2 Illinoisans are likely to have the disease. Of the people who said they had been diagnosed with COPD:

  • 60.8 percent experience shortness of breath that affects their quality of life.
  • 42.7 percent have had a COPD-related doctor visit in the past 12 months
  • 73.9% percent have had a COPD breathing test
  • 55.1% percent take medication for COPD
  • 15.9 percent have been to the emergency room or the hospital because of COPD


The results of the survey are a clear call to action for more work to be done to help people living with COPD maintain their quality of life. By raising awareness of the disease, diagnostic tools and treatment options, we can ensure that people living with COPD are living their best lives. 

View more information in our press release.

Resources for people living with COPD

Understanding COPD
Managing COPD
COPD Events and Outreach
Pulmonary Rehab & Support Groups
COPD Library

Resources for health care providers

Professional Resources
Illinois COPD Coalition
Midwest COPD Network

For more information, contact Amy O'Rourke:
Email Amy
(312) 628-0217