OPENING UP ABOUT CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE SYMPTOMS

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One Quarter of People with COPD Downplay their Condition:

Two-Way Conversations are Key to Successfully Managing COPD

NOVEMBER MARKS COPD AWARENESS MONTH

If simple activities are leaving you out of breath, you may want to reconsider the reason why. By the time 80 percent of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, receive their first diagnosis, they already have moderate to severe symptoms, and have lost significant lung capacity. Many people don’t realize the severity of their symptoms, and attribute being out of breath to aging or being out of shape. In fact, nearly half of all primary care physicians say the biggest barrier to COPD diagnosis is that patients do not fully report their symptoms.

Even after diagnosis, many downplay their condition when speaking to caregivers and doctors. One quarter of patients who say they have experienced common COPD symptoms say they haven’t mentioned these symptoms to their provider, which can lead to inadequate disease management.1

People with COPD can be left with feelings of loss, frustration or sadness because they can’t do things they used to. Understanding the severity of their COPD and giving their doctor a full picture about their condition is important so they receive proper treatment and can effectively manage their condition.

Candyce Norris, COPD Patient and Dr. David Mannino, US Respiratory Expert at GSK and former chief science officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Air Pollution and Respiratory Health branch, will be available to bring awareness and understanding of COPD to your audience, and outline ways to manage the often-challenging symptoms of COPD, both physically and mentally, and showcase that patients can take an active approach to managing the disease.

COPD affects about 27 million people in the US, with about half of those afflicted waiting months and sometimes years before receiving a proper diagnosis. Viewers seeking further information will be directed to the COPDFoundation.org.

INTERVIEW WITH:

David Mannino, MD, US Expert GSK, former chief science officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Air Pollution and Respiratory Health branch
Candyce Norris, 63-year-old COPD patient, mother and wife. Both of her parents died from COPD and her sister is also currently diagnosed with COPD.

SUGGESTED QUESTIONS:

DAVID MANNINO, MD

Why don’t patients open up about their symptoms to their doctors?
How important is it to know the severity of COPD for determining management strategies?
What advice can you share with patients and caregivers to encourage the best possible management of their COPD?
Where can the public go for further information or if they know someone with COPD?

Candyce Norris

When were you diagnosed with COPD?
How would you describe symptoms to someone who doesn’t realize they may have COPD?
How did opening up help you manage your symptoms?
What tips would you share to encourage and help people to open up about their symptoms?

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