COVID-19 Resources for the Health Care Professional
Health care professionals may find the following information helpful as they navigate the COVID-19 crisis.
For your patients:
The COPD Foundation maintains an extensive library of COVID-19 support materials for your patients and their families. All content is overseen by medical and scientific leadership and new material is published regularly to keep pace with the dynamic COVID-19 landscape. See our dedicated COVID-19 page for webinar recordings and transcripts, substantial question and answer documents, PowerPoint decks, blog posts and videos.
Using the COPD Foundation's COPD Pocket Consultant Guide (PCG) app - with tracks for both health care providers as well as patients and caregivers - contains logs to document a patient's daily symptoms and track these over time, actions to take should normal COPD symptoms worsen, questions for your patients to ask at doctors' visits, a wallet card to track important health information and more. You can download the free COPD PCG app in the App Store or via Google Play.
For you and your professional colleagues:
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP): AAFP offers a library of support materials for the family physician, including advocacy tools; telehealth resources, including information on implementing telehealth services and navigating reimbursement; clinical support, including information on best practices and patient education guidance; and practice management, providing frontline care best practice information, coding and payment support, provider well-being resources and more. There are also sections devoted to physician employment, including recommended questions to ask if you are furloughed, terminated or find your hours reduced, and a full page devoted to financial assistance information. COVID-specific town halls and webinars are available for viewing.
American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC): AARC’s COVID-19 resources include a Q&A on COVID-19 basics, videos on ventilators from the national stockpile, including information on the operation of these ventilators, the AARC statements on ventilator sharing and PPE availability, updates on relevant policy, recorded interviews with HCPs in the field and more.
American Association of Chest Physicians (CHEST): This page directs to CHEST events (including webinars), clinical resources, new research and breaking updates related to COVID-19. CHEST continues to post short interviews with professionals on the front lines of treating COVID-19 via their Journal Club.
American Case Management Association (ACMA): ACMA maintains a resource list of updates on state case management conferences and links to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, National Association of Social Workers and other resources. There is also a section for members-only access.
American Medical Association (AMA): The AMA maintains a devoted COVID-19 resource center. Extensive guidance is provided on COVID-19 practice, ethics, coding, support for those in private practice as they navigate this new space, health equity, medical education, telemedicine, advocacy and more. The AMA site also links to AMA town halls and other events/recordings as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and World Health Organization resources. The AMA page also links to the JAMA Network COVID-19 collection, an extensive list of educational opportunities related to the outbreak. There is an opportunity to opt-in to receive COVID-specific communications.
American Nurses Association (ANA): The ANA COVID-19 resources section contains: a “Well-being Initiative” to support mental health and well-being in nurses during this unprecedented time as well as clinical information, including webinars on ventilator management skills, ethical decision making and coping with moral dilemmas, best practice use of PPE and more. There is also a section devoted to legislation and advocacy, including ANA outreach to national and state lawmakers as well as links to state-specific information, opportunities to contact your legislators and more.
American Thoracic Society (ATS): This page contains evolving ATS resources devoted to COVID-19. Click on links on the left navigation bar to be taken to COVID-19 statements, resources for both health care providers and respiratory patients, upcoming and archived webinars as well as letters to lawmakers and documentation of other COVID-19 advocacy efforts. Resources provide guidance on use of prone ventilation, hydroxychloroquine in patients with COVID-19 and pneumonia and more.
Case Management Society of America (CMSA): The CMSA site contains a resource list, linking to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, National Alliance On Mental Illness and other resources.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases: Journal of the COPD Foundation (JCOPDF): Our peer-reviewed, medical/scientific journal has created a separate section on its website for COVID-19-related articles either published (in April) or currently in Articles in Press. Future COVID-related articles will also be added to this section to ensure these important updates are clearly visible and easily found. These articles, like all JCOPDF articles at all times, are freely accessible.