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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness.

Learn more about COPD, common causes and symptoms, how it is diagnosed and how you can enjoy life and live for many years with COPD.


The COPD Foundation was established to speed innovations which will make treatment more effective and affordable, to undertake initiatives that result in expanded services for COPD patients, and improve the lives of patients with COPD and related disorders (through scientific research, education & awareness) that will lead to prevention and a stop in the progression of COPD.

COPD360social Online Community

Join over 48,000 people on COPD360social

COPD360social is the free online social community about everything COPD. Members can share thoughts and ideas, ask questions, give and receive support, discuss what matters to them, and learn how to take action.

Join COPD360social, because we are stronger when we work together.

Education and Care Delivery

Our Care Delivery Framework

The COPD Foundation’s Care Delivery Team (CDT) serves at the intersection of the patient, caregiver and health care provider communities. Our team’s dual mission is to promote positive and productive relationships between individuals with COPD, their friends, family and health care professionals and to serve as the bridge to educate and improve communications to reach a shared goal of living one’s best life with COPD.

COPD360 | Our Research Framework

About COPD360: Our Research Framework

The COPD Foundation Research Framework (COPD360) strategically aligns the goals of all COPD stakeholders: patients, health care professionals, caregivers, academic, government and industry partners. Our mission is to ensure a central role for the patient/caregiver in all stages of research including project feasibility, study design, implementation, and dissemination of results.

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