Helping the Missing Million
The Lung Association is embarking on a national project aimed at learning more about the challenges that exist in properly diagnosing and treating people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the results of which will help us shape an environment that will support greater patient access, and improved diagnosis and treatment.
An estimated 1.6 million Canadians live with COPD, yet it is believed almost as many have COPD and don’t know it. It is now the third leading cause of death and the number one cause of hospitalization in Canada. This is a disease that places a tremendous burden on patients, caregivers and the healthcare system.
With this in mind, The Lung Association wants to gain insight into the barriers that are preventing people from being diagnosed, and once diagnosed, discover what the challenges are in getting them the best treatment possible.
The first phase of this project – market research to better understand gaps in diagnosis and treatment from a patient and physician perspective – is now complete. We will use these findings to help us inform the white paper and policy recommendations that will be published in the spring.
Learn more about the risk factors and symptoms of COPD.