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Table 2 Cognitive vulnerability of patients with COPD

From: Vulnerability, beliefs, treatments and economic burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in rural areas in China: a cross-sectional study

Variable N (%)
Never heard the term ‘COPD’ 7,921 96.4
Told they had the following diseases, rather than COPD
  chronic bronchitis 6,541 79.6
  emphysema 1,241 15.1
  bronchial asthma 444 5.4
Thought their respiratory symptoms were related to the following factors
  cold 7,240 88.1
  smoking 4,150 50.5
  passive smoking 3,106 37.8
  air pollution 3,878 47.2
  exposure to cold air and change in climate 7,691 93.6
Believed their conditions were due to after effects of the following diseases
  chronic bronchitis 3,920 47.7
  asthma 3,500 42.6
  not knowing smoking was the main risk factor 2,638 32.1
  had taken no appropriate measures 6,163 75.0
  willing to change their bad behaviors 7,716 93.9