The COPD National Action Plan: Goal 1
Posted on March 15, 2016 |
At the recent National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute's (NHLBI's) first-ever COPD Town Hall meeting, working groups of patients, family members, advocates, healthcare professionals and policy makers gathered to begin work on the COPD National Action Plan, an effort that will help to shape our national approach to all things COPD.
One of their most crucial tasks? To address six challenging goals aimed at optimizing outcomes for individuals with COPD and their families. These were:
Empowering patients, their families, and communities to recognize and reduce the burden of COPD
- Increasing and sustaining prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and management of COPD
- Increasing collaboration and coordination to sustain surveillance and evaluation to improve collection, analysis, dissemination, and reporting of COPD-related public health data
- Increasing and sustaining research to better understand prevention, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and management of COPD
- Increasing awareness and sustaining COPD education among stakeholders, decision makers, individuals with COPD, their families, caregivers, communities, and populations at risk
- Integrating recommended policy, educational, and program changes into the legislative, research, public health, and care delivery structures of the nation
In a series of PRAXIS Nexus blog posts, we'll discuss each of these goals and gather your thoughts on our next best steps to achieving them.
In this PRAXIS Nexus post, we'll focus on Goal 1: Empowering patients, their families, and communities to recognize and reduce the burden of COPD.
What are they asking? Here are a few ways of looking at this goal -- please share your own, as well.
- How can we best motivate and support patients, families and the greater communities in which these families live to understand and address the impact of COPD?
- What tools and resources might be most helpful to achieve this end?
- What might our community already be doing right in this area -- and what do we need to do differently ... and when?
Whether a patient or provider, please share your thoughts in the comments below. We look forward to your insight!
Interested in watching the six group report sessions from Day 2 of the COPD Town Hall? You can view them here.