The National Institute of Health reports:
Primary care physicians and NPs/PAs working in primary care
continue to report lack of awareness and use of COPD guidelines, as well as
correct information related to COPD epidemiology or potential benefits of
available treatments including pulmonary rehabilitation. It is unlikely that
diagnosis and management of COPD will improve in primary care until these
knowledge gaps and discrepancies with published efficacy of therapy issues
Please take the lead! Advocate for yourself and specifically request a Spirometry Test at your next physical! Over HALF of the population with COPD are undiagnosed! Early diagnosis can increase the quality of your life in every way! We exers can't keep our heads in the sand!