COPD National Action Plan

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States, affecting millions of Americans. For the first time, a COPD National Action Plan has been developed with input from the broad COPD community to provide a unified framework to guide stakeholders nationwide in their efforts to work together to reduce the burden of the disease.

The Action Plan is organized into five goals to address the needs of patients and the greater public, health care delivery and practice guidelines, research potential and policy implications. These include:

Goal 1:
Empower people with COPD, their families and caregivers to recognize and reduce the burden of COPD.
Goal 2:
Improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of COPD by improving the quality of care delivered across the health care continuum.
Goal 3:
Collect, analyze, report and disseminate COPD-related public health data that drive change and track progress.
Goal 4:
Increase and sustain research to better understand the prevention, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment and management of COPD.
Goal 5:
Translate national policy, educational and program recommendations into research and public health care actions.

To learn more about and view the Action Plan, visit