COPD in America 2016

The COPD In America 2016 online survey was conducted to gather insights from over 1,200 individuals currently diagnosed as having Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, or Chronic Bronchitis. The primary goal of this research was to better understand the symptoms, treatment, and life impact experienced by those individuals.
Asthma in America 2016

Upon reflection, respondents report experiencing almost 6 different COPD symptoms prior to their diagnosis.

Asthma in America 2016

Even now, over 20% of respondents don’t know what stage of COPD they are currently diagnosed with.

COPD in America 2016


Disease progression and its overall effect on lifestyle were the main topics respondents wish they’d known more about when diagnosed.

COPD in America 2016

COPD in America 2016


Of the 16% of respondents who currently smoke, over 88% were trying or planning to quit soon!

COPD in America 2016


General preparation is a big lifestyle change as well – carrying rescue inhalers in case of a flare, washing hands to avoid germs and disease, and seeing a doctor regularly help with prevention and preparation.

COPD in America 2016


Extreme tiredness and fatigue is an often overlooked, and even invisible, symptom of COPD that can be difficult to explain to friends and family.

COPD in America 2016

COPD in America 2016


Summer was a close second, as heat and humidity can make it very difficult to breath.

COPD in America 2016


Interestingly, animal dander and pet hair was ranked as a less common trigger. Though many people find ways to manage this irritant so they can enjoy the camaraderie of a pet.

COPD in America 2016

Most inhaler users were confident they were properly using their inhaler, with most receiving training from an HCP.

COPD in America 2016


COPD in America 2016


As such, most respondents report they actively seek out information on the latest COPD treatments, as well as play an active role in making treatment decisions.

COPD in America 2016


The American Lung Association, The COPD Foundation and COPD.net were among the top used online resources.

COPD in America 2016


Fortunately, almost half of the respondents report having a loved one actively involved with their COPD management and allay fears.

COPD in America 2016


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