Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Some 16 million Americans have been diagnosed with the disease, but millions more are believed to have it without realizing it. COPD can stifle a person’s ability to breathe, lead to long-term disability, and dramatically affect his or her quality of life.
Today the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with representatives from across the entire COPD community, will release the COPD National Action Plan. This first-of-its-kind Action Plan provides a unified framework to guide stakeholders nationwide in their efforts to reduce the burden of COPD. You can watch a live stream of the release of the Action Plan at 1:00 p.m. ET at COPD.nih.gov.
The Action Plan addresses the needs of patients and the greater public, health care delivery and practice guidelines, research potential, and policy implications. Each of the plan’s five goals is designed to address a different aspect of COPD so the entire spectrum of complex issues related to the disease is covered.
Goal 1: Empower people with COPD, their families, and caregivers to recognize and reduce the burden of COPD.
Goal 2: Improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of COPD by improving the quality of care delivered across the health care continuum.
Goal 3: Collect, analyze, report, and disseminate COPD-related public health data that drive change and track progress.
Goal 4: Increase and sustain research to better understand the prevention, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and management of COPD.
Goal 5: Translate national policy, educational, and program recommendations into research and public health care actions.
The COPD National Action Plan belongs to the entire COPD community. Everyone has an important role to play in its successful implementation. To learn more and how you can get involved, visit COPD.nih.gov.