NLHEP’s mission is to reach health care providers, their patients and the public.
Most patients who have COPD visit their primary care provider for a variety of health services years before the symptoms of chronic cough, mucus production and shortness of breath develop and are recognized/acknowledged. Earlier identification and appropriate intervention by family practitioners, general internists, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, physician assistants and other healthcare practitioners can help to prevent symptoms from progressing to the disabling stages of COPD which may require hospitalization and intensive care.
All health care professionals should be able to identify patients with early signs of COPD. Patients and the public should learn what the risk factors for this disease are, and take to proper steps so they can initiate the preservation of lung health.