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COPD is a serious lung disease that takes a significant toll on individuals, their carers and healthcare systems.1 Despite affecting 391 million people worldwide,2 and being the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and stroke,3 COPD is often underdiagnosed and underprioritized within healthcare systems.4 A growing body of expert-backed evidence demonstrates the need to prioritise consistent, quality COPD care.

We believe patients should be empowered to live freely with COPD, without symptoms and exacerbations, reducing their interaction with hospitals and extending their life for as long as possible.

Tonya Winders, President and CEO of the Global Allergy & Airways Patient Platform

Time to Act Now: Joint Declaration on the urgent need for policy action to address the burden of COPD

Read our Joint Declaration to bring urgent attention to the human, societal and economic impact of COPD, and to urge policymakers and healthcare leaders to address the tremendous burden of COPD across the world.

We call on policymakers at all levels of government, patient advocacy groups, non-governmental organisations, clinical experts and researchers to join us in endorsing this declaration.

Awareness is key: Greater understanding of COPD’s impact can help drive support for change

A recent Ipsos poll** of 14,890 members of the public in 14 countries underscored the need for greater awareness and prioritisation of COPD and the need for evidence-based care.

Learn more about the results in the article below. Working together, we can raise public awareness and drive policy change to alleviate the burden that COPD places on patients, societies and healthcare systems across the EU and the globe.

Global Quality Standards to Inform National Care Review and Reform

The Global Quality Standard Position Statements for Health System Policy Changes in Diagnosis and Management of COPD provides the first comprehensive blueprint of the changes healthcare systems around the world should implement as a consistent standard of care.

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A roadmap for Improved Care: The COPD Patient Charter

The COPD community developed six guiding principles to support people with COPD to receive the care they deserve:

Timeline access for the diagnosis and assessment of COPD

Support to understand what having COPD means and how the disease may progress.

Access to the best available evidence-based, personalized care to ensure patients live as well and long as possible

Urgent review of care management plans when a patient experiences an exacerbation

Access to consistent quality care, regardless of where a patient lives or chooses to access it

Live with COPD freely while maximising quality of life without stigma or guilt

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