COPD National Action Plan Goal 5
Posted on June 21, 2016 |
Increase awareness and sustain COPD education among stakeholders, decision makers, individuals with COPD, their families, caregivers, communities, and populations at risk.
We’ve read all of your generous, detailed comments on our first four COPD National Action Plan goals and are compiling your feedback as we speak. Thank you for taking the time to articulate what gaps you see in current national approaches and to identify what steps we can take to shake up the current status quo for the betterment of current and future patients and their families.
Today’s goal is one of the more accessible of the six in that it is more tangible, more readily experienced by all of those affected by COPD, whether as individuals with COPD ourselves or family members, coworkers, church goers, neighbors or other community members living in a world where millions are affected. It also directly affects those populations at risk – the approximately 12 million Americans and millions more internationally – who may not even be diagnosed yet.
This fifth COPD National Action plan goal asks: how can we increase awareness about COPD in general and its risk factors, its impact, its treatment and maintenance, more specifically? How can we put our best education forward to all stakeholders – so, patient education to those already affected by COPD, education on the significant patient and health care impacts for policy makers and health systems administrators as well as education on risks and effects to those at increased possibility for developing one of these conditions?
We can’t wait to hear what you have to say. What is working … what should the COPD policy, awareness and education communities be doing differently, and what are your sky-high dreams when it comes to increasing awareness and education of COPD?