November is National COPD Awareness Month. According to the CDC-Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD makes breathing difficult for the 16 million Americans who have this disease. Millions more people suffer from COPD, but have not been diagnosed and are not being treated. Although there is no cure for COPD, it can be treated.

Learn More Breathe Better (LMBB) Program:
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has rolled out the Learn More Breathe Better (LMBB) program in an effort to promote resources and educate others.  Information on LMBB can be found at: https://COPD.nhlbi.nih.gov

COPD National Action Plan:
The COPD National Action Plan is the first-ever blueprint for a multi-faceted, unified fight against the disease. Developed at the request of Congress with input from the broad COPD community, it provides a comprehensive framework for action by those affected by the disease and those who care about reducing its burden.

COPD National Action Plan Goals:

  • Goal 1: Empower people with COPD, their families, and caregivers to recognize and reduce the burden of COPD.
  • Goal 2: Improve the diagnosis, prevention, 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.

This Action Plan belongs to the entire COPD community. While various stakeholders may be equipped with different levels of resources because of where they work and the organizations and people they serve, all have at least some capacity to contribute to its successful implementation. From health care providers and federal partners to advocacy groups and patients, everybody can and must play a role in supporting and moving this important plan forward.

The COPD National Action Plan can be accessed at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/sites/default/files/media/docs/COPD%20National%20Action%20Plan%20508_0.pdf

At EdenHill Communities our short-term rehabilitation program offers trained Physical, Occupational and Speech therapists to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to supporting those with COPD. We are committed to restoring your independence through both our in- and out-patient programs.

Journey back to wellness with EdenHill.  Call today for a tour:  830-625-6291

Adapted from RehabCare Partnership first newsletter. Photo courtesy of the American Association for Respiratory Care.