COPD Foundation Launches COPD Pocket Consultant Guide Online Community, Enables Physicians and Healthcare Professionals to Collaborate, Share and Learn

February 10, 2014   |   
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 10, 2014 – Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The COPD Foundation (COPDF) announces the launch of its COPD Pocket Consultant Guide Online Community. This social collaboration website allows physicians and healthcare professionals to interact with one another, and submit questions and comments that will help to drive future discussions and updates for the COPD Pocket Consultant Guide (PCG), a practical tool to assist the practicing clinician manage the diagnosis and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients.

"Our aim is to promote better COPD diagnosis and treatment, and to provide a place where healthcare providers can help each other identify those who remain undiagnosed; ensure that those who are already diagnosed are correctly diagnosed; and make sure that those with the correct diagnosis are getting the appropriate treatment," says John W. Walsh, president and co-founder, COPDF. "The PCG is an indispensable aid for identifying patients for whom spirometry should be performed, how patients should be classified based on spirometry, what additional assessments should be performed and when and how these diagnostic evaluations should influence therapy."

Upcoming COPD PCG Online Community discussions will include:

  • Diagnosis and treating COPD vs. asthma and COPD with asthma
  • What is the role of lung volume reduction surgery? Is it performed often enough?
  • What are the implications of oxygen therapy?
  • Should oxygen be prescribed for episodic or mild hypoxemia?

The community is led by well-recognized thought leaders in the COPD community, including:

  • Byron Thomashow, M.D., chair, Board of Directors, COPD Foundation, clinical professor of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center and an attending physician at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • David M. Mannino, M.D., member, Board of Directors, COPD Foundation, chair Medical and Scientific Advisory Council, COPD Foundation, chair, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, and a professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
  • Stephen Rennard, M.D., member, Board of Directors, COPD Foundation, member, Medical and Scientific Advisory Council, COPD Foundation, Larson Professor of Medicine in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Section of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, and courtesy professor of the Department of Pathology and Microbiology
  • James Crapo, M.D., member, Board of Directors, COPD Foundation, professor of Medicine at National Jewish Health and the University of Colorado Denver
  • MeiLan Han, M.D., M.S., chair, Educational Review Working Group, COPD Foundation, assistant professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, University of Michigan Health System
  • Neil Schachter, M.D., chair, Clinical Advisory Committee, COPD Foundation, professor of Medicine and Community Medicine of the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City
  • Barbara P. Yawn, M.D., MSc, FAAFP, member, Medical and Scientific Advisory Council, COPD Foundation, director of Research Olmsted Medical Center, adjunct professor, Department of Family and Community Health

Walsh adds, "By providing a place where healthcare providers can share information, expand their knowledge base and learn about new treatments and research, we are furthering our mission to prevent and cure COPD and improve the lives of all people affected by this debilitating disease."

Healthcare professionals are encouraged to register to gain access to complete descriptions for all six panels of the PCG card, plus links and slides to supportive data and the community discussions.

About the COPD Foundation

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary and a decade of progress, the mission of the COPD Foundation (www.COPDFoundation.org) is to prevent and cure chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and to improve the lives of all people affected by COPD. The C.O.P.D. Information Line, 866-316-COPD (2673), is a toll-free number for information and referrals on COPD, offering callers access to peer-to-peer patients and caregiver associates. DRIVE4COPD (www.DRIVE4COPD.org) is a public awareness and education campaign of the COPD Foundation.

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