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COPD In America: What’s That?

A diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can bring about an array of emotions, from frustration to sadness. The lack of information and research available for patients and their loved ones can make it even more difficult. Many people quickly jump online to research the ins and outs of COPD but have trouble finding reliable information. Even more difficult can be finding someone who has actually dealt with COPD to connect with and share experiences.

How can a survey help?

The COPD In America survey is an annual survey on that seeks to close some of these gaps. The survey covers “basics” like diagnosis and treatment experiences, but also dives into the nitty-gritty, like the emotional impact and the seemingly “small” day-to-day challenges.

Each person that takes the survey contributes to a better understanding of COPD and can help others who are going through it feel less alone. Sharing experiences in the survey can reveal how similar each person’s journey with COPD is, as well as the differences that make each journey unique.

What happens after I take the survey?

After the survey closes each year, the Editorial Team at takes your responses and creates an infographic filled with information about life with COPD. But that’s not all – over the year, we publish articles based on learnings from the survey, like this one about coping with flare-ups or this one about communication with your doctor. Each article published using responses from the survey contributes to the information available to those affected by COPD and helps them connect with those who have walked the same path.

The 2019 survey is now closed

The COPD In America 2019 survey is now closed! Thank you for sharing your experiences in the survey. One voice may seem like it won’t make a difference, but each voice can change how others perceive life with COPD and bring comfort to someone coping with his or her diagnosis. Stay tuned for the 2020 survey!

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.