COPD National Action Plan

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a 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.

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Background: Development of the COPD National Action Plan

Following a request from Congress, the NHLBI, in collaboration with CDC, organized trans-governmental workshops to discuss the structural and scientific environment for the COPD National Action Plan and established the initial goals the Action Plan was to address.

In early 2016, the NHLBI convened the COPD community for the COPD Town Hall on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Md. Federal and nonfederal partners, including patients and their families, health care providers, academics and industry representatives, came together for the two-day meeting and formed working groups to address each goal.

The discussions held during the COPD Town Hall directly informed the Action Plan and throughout its development, the NHLBI solicited additional feedback from the public, its partners and other federal agencies.

Watch Day 1 and Day 2 of the COPD Town Hall below.

Day 1 Video Recording | Day 2 Video Recording