NHLBI introduces ‘COPD roadmap’

Thursday, May 25, 2017

BETHESDA, Md. – The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has released a COPD National Action Plan to offer a roadmap for addressing the third leading cause of death in the United States. The plan has five goals: empower patients and caregivers to recognize and reduce the burden of COPD; equip healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive care to COPD patients; collect, analyze and share COPD data; increase COPD research; and turn COPD recommendations into research and public health care actions. The plan was developed with the input of COPD stakeholders, including patients, healthcare providers and academics. “The enthusiasm of members from the COPD community in sharing insights has been invaluable throughout this process,” said James P. Kiley, Ph.D., director of NHLBI’s Division of Lung Diseases, in a press release. “The different perspectives brought by those who live these issues every day contributed to making this a clear, coordinated way forward for all stakeholders.” To learn more about the plan go to copd.nih.gov.