What’s Ahead for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , /

Hello! My name is Jim Kiley and I am the director
of the Division of Lung Diseases at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National
Institutes of Health. Over the last few years and months, we’ve
made great strides and COPD is receiving more and more attention. Recently, the COPD National Action Plan was
released. This is the first-ever national framework
for recommendations to reduce the burden of COPD for individuals – people with COPD,
at risk for COPD, their caregivers and family members – health care providers, researchers,
insurers, policy makers, advocacy groups, and all others. It was a collaborative effort by the entire
COPD community. The COPD National Action Plan is built on
five key goals: Increasing public awareness of COPD and its risk factors; Improving prevention,
diagnosis, and treatment; Increasing and coordinating data collection; Increasing and sustaining
research; Translating findings into public health action. At NHLBI, we are committed to educating the
public about COPD and supporting a comprehensive research portfolio from basic science through
clinical studies. For example, our COPD gene and our SPIROMICS
programs are telling us about the unique characteristics of the COPD patients to better target therapies. Our CAPTURE study is validating a tool to
easily and quickly help with early diagnosis and our CADET program is targeting biological
pathways for novel therapeutics. These programs are just a few examples of
how we are advancing our knowledge of the disease and better ways to diagnose, treat,
and manage COPD. Groups across the country have already started
putting some of the COPD National Action Plan recommendations into action and we are excited
to see what else is to come. In the months ahead, we plan to work with
all stakeholders to design a means to coordinate and track the efforts of all to implement
the recommendations in the COPD National Action Plan. I want to thank you for watching! Continue to be involved, learn about COPD,
and share resources with others! (SFX MUSIC)
For more information on COPD look at our website, COPD.nhlbi.nih.gov.

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