Sponsored: New Campaign Empowers COPD Patients to Take Control of Their Disease

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) makes it difficult to breathe,1 which may impact someone’s ability to engage in activities that they once enjoyed.2 Luckily, the disease is treatable, but for the 15.7 million people in the U.S. living with the condition,1 there are things that can stand in the way of best managing their COPD symptoms.

A lot of people living with COPD and caregivers may have trouble communicating their preferences with their health care provider, or may not know of all the options available to them. The Built for Me™ campaign was created to empower those living with COPD to take a more active role in the management of their condition by educating them about the disease, available delivery device options and how to effectively communicate personal preferences and needs.

In order to better understand what resources would be helpful to include as part of the Built for Me campaign, a national survey of more than 700 people living with COPD and caregivers was conducted by Harris Poll Interactive and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. The results of the survey provided insight into their experiences living with the disease.  Here are some findings from the survey2:

  • 78%, more than three quarters, of these patients said delivery device of medicine is important to them
  • Nearly half of these patients, 48%, said finding a treatment plan that best fits their lifestyle is challenging
  • 1 in 2 of these patients cited missing doses of their COPD medications
  • More than half of these patients, 55%, wished they knew more about available treatments
  • 1 in 3 of these patients wished their health care provider asked them about challenges with administering treatment
  • Nearly half of these patients, 49%, said they never or rarely discussed with their health care provider the impact of the delivery of their treatment on their lives

Each person with COPD is unique, and the statistics from this survey support the importance of a personalized management plan for COPD. Improving communication with health care providers can help inform and shape more personalized COPD management plans. After meeting with their health care providers, patients should feel more confident that they have control over their individual plan to manage COPD.

On BuiltforMeCOPD.com, patients can learn more and fill out a personalized Conversation Starter.

Built for Me is sponsored by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc., as part of their commitment to the COPD community and dedication to shedding light on the complex needs of people living with COPD and their caregivers.

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1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Page last updated: September 16, 2016. http://www.cdc.gov/copd/index.html. Accessed February 16, 2017.

2Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. COPD Patient and Caregiver Survey, conducted by Harris Poll. September 2017.

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