COPD Foundation Launches 1st COPD Global Patient Leadership Summit Stakeholders to Gather in Madrid

October 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 31, 2014 - The COPD Foundation announced today it will spearhead a patient leadership summit to be held November 5-7, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. The summit will focus on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive lung disease affecting more than 300 million people worldwide and currently the fourth leading cause of death worldwide. 

Participants will include patients, their representatives, physicians and industry partners. The Summit, coordinated by Fundación Lovexair, will address key concerns around COPD and tactics to strengthen the empowerment of the global community to address the seriousness of this major public health issue internationally. Leading representatives from the Spanish Authorities from the Health Ministry, the Spanish Society of Pulmonary and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR), Fundación EPOC, Spain and a large number of worldwide lung organizations will attend.

Based on the outcomes of the Summit, a final Action Plan document will be presented in order to build upon minimum standards of care for the affected community, support the development of new therapies, promote better research and analysis to better understand COPD patient needs, implement early identification and diagnosis, overcome stigmas, social and cultural barriers, improve advocacy to influence public health policy, and boost the use of social media for better self-management programs.

The Summit will serve as a critical first step in working towards enhancing the quality of life for patients and their care-givers while improving the effectiveness of healthcare delivery to the global community. 

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