On May 22nd, 2018, the Lung Health Institute joined other health care representatives in the COPD community to promote the COPD National Action Plan. We are proud to be a part of this national effort to raise COPD awareness and strive for better treatments to improve the lives of those affected by this disease.
The COPD National Action Plan provides the framework for guiding lung treatment facilities nationwide in a combined effort to make significant headway in treating the disease. It covers the needs of patients and the general public, health care practice guidelines, research opportunities and new policies for lung health providers to observe.
Understanding the COPD National Action Plan
The National Action Plan can be condensed into five points that represent the different aspects of COPD that need to be addressed to form a more comprehensive national treatment effort.
The five points of the COPD National Action Plan are:
- Patients — At the end of the day, the efforts of all of those in the COPD community is to help the patient, their families and caregivers be more prepared to overcome the challenges faced with COPD.
- Preparation — Healthcare professionals working in hospitals and clinics across the nation should be equipped to provide comprehensive care for COPD patients.
- Analyze — Making advancements in treating COPD requires analyzing current and past data. Part of the goal of the National Action Plan is to collect and analyze COPD data to make more informed decisions regarding the disease in the future.
- Research — Research needs more funding and support to continue creating better treatments for COPD and, eventually, developing a cure for the disease.
- Action — Research and advancements in the field of COPD need to be brought to public light for the benefits of the nation and the rest of the world’s population.
Many of these points echo the sentiments expressed by smaller state COPD committees and summits. It takes a lot of effort to draft up these plans and put them into action. The COPD National Action Plan will have more framework, resource, and organizations to put these plans into action on a national level and bring better COPD treatments to the American public.
Contact the Lung Health Institute to ask about the COPD National Action Plan
If you would like to know more about the COPD National Action Plan and how it benefits you or what you can do to help, contact us today. Our patient coordinators would love to talk to you more about these efforts to treat COPD and about the treatments we offer at the Lung Health Institute to help your Breathe Easier™.