November is national Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month. COPD is a term used to describe progressive lung disease that includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and non-reversible asthma.
Facts about COPD
- COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States.1
- More than 16 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COPD.1
- 700,000 hospitalizations and 1.5 million emergency department visits are due to COPD-related exacerbations annually.2
- Roughly 25% of COPD patients have never smoked.1
- Exposure to lung irritants, such as dust and chemicals in the workplace or other fumes, exposure to secondhand smoke, or air pollutants may contribute to COPD.3
Perspectives on COPD
We wanted to hear from our colleagues and patient partners why COPD care, research, and advocacy are important to them. Keep reading to be wowed!
Perspective on Patient Advocacy from a Person with COPD
Health Care Provider Perspective
Perspective on Research from a Person with COPD
Interested in getting involved?
ClinicalTrials.gov is database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world. By clicking here, you will be taken to the ClinicalTrials.gov page that has already been filtered for COPD studies that are currently recruiting for participants.
For information about COPD studies at the Breathe Chicago Center©, call us at 1-855-I-WHEEZE (1-855-494-3393) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.