Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

What strategies improve implementation of COPD therapy, palliation, and dyspnea management

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects over 12-24 million individuals in the U.S. where it is responsible for ~ 800,000 hospitalizations per year, and recently became America’s 3rd leading cause of death. The lag between clinical practice and treatment options described by efficacy studies to improve the quality of life, functional status, and survival in patients with COPD make it ideal for efforts in patient-centered outcomes research that include using systematic reviews to guide implementation and care guidelines. Although COPD primarily affects the lungs, with dyspnea the cardinal symptom, many additional significant systemic consequences cumulatively reduce patients’ quality of life. What research will fix this?

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Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Richard Mularski MD MSHS MCR

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