Use these resources to help teach patients about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
This website has information for patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and employers (“70% of COPD sufferers are in the workforce”). Teach patients about the Foundation's educational materials, including the COPD Big Fat Reference Guide and the Slim Skinny Reference Guides, which are free for download. Healthcare professionals can use this website to learn more about COPD, including current treatments, and earn continuing-education credits.
The COPD Alliance created the “COPD Prepared” campaign, which provides clinicians with four “STEPs”: screen patients at risk, test and diagnose using spirometry, educate patients about COPD, and provide care and support. The website also has resources for patients, including a COPD screen test and a living well format with COPD guidebook.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Geared toward consumers, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) website provides easy-to-understand information about COPD, its risk factors, diagnosis, treatments, prevention, and more. NHLBI also promotes the Learn More, Breathe Better campaign for men and women over age 45 diagnosed with COPD to raise awareness about the severity of COPD and available treatments. Those at risk for COPD are encouraged to see a healthcare provider for evaluation.
American Lung Association
Direct patients to the American Lung Association (ALA) website to learn more about living with COPD. It offers information on finding social support and making treatment decisions. A COPD management tool helps patients discuss the disease with their primary care providers. The ALA also works in COPD advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels.