COPD Foundation Lauds Addition of Prevalence Question to 2011 BRFSS

November 10, 2010

Contact: Ifdy Perez, COPD Foundation
1-866-731-2673, ext. 398

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Foundation Lauds Addition of Prevalence Question to 2011 State-Based Survey System Released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Washington, DC -- November 9, 2010 -- Determining the prevalence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in every State is becoming a reality, thanks to the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey released today by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The COPD Foundation has long advocated for this addition through its Operation 435 grassroots advocacy program, including thousands of letters to state representatives via the program’s online.  

“The BRFSS will help us to develop a comprehensive picture of COPD statewide, countywide, and ultimately on a national basis,” says Miriam O’Day, senior director of Public Policy at the COPD Foundation. “The data we’ll now collect through the BRFSS will be layered on top of other data collected, enhancing our understanding of COPD and its co-morbidities and helping us to design targeted responses.”

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the world’s largest, on-going telephone health survey system, tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984. Currently, data are collected monthly in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. Approximately 400,000 individuals will be surveyed through this system. 

"Dollars follow data," says O’Day, emphasizing the importance of having comprehensive data understanding the extent of the burden of COPD in this nation in order to open the doors to more research and awareness. “The inclusion of a set of questions regarding COPD is a major step forward in identifying and addressing the major problems faced by every State.”

About the COPD Foundation
The COPD Foundation is dedicated to developing and supporting programs which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The COPD Foundation has several programs dedicated to informing, empowering, educating, and engaging individuals affected by COPD, including both diagnosed and undiagnosed individuals, their families and friends, and their medical professionals.

About COPD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only chronic disease growing in mortality. It affects approximately 24 million Americans but only 12 million are diagnosed. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and adult onset (refractory) asthma. Symptoms include breathlessness, wheezing, and chronic coughing. For more information about COPD, visit our website or call 1-866-316-COPD (2673).

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