Using self-help groups can be a great source of support in living with COPD. Talking to other patients and their families who have confronted many of the same challenges that you're now facing can help you feel less alone, and save you from having to "reinvent the wheel" when a new challenge presents itself. To find these groups ask your healthcare provider, or look on the Internet.
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is a voluntary health organization that fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control, and environmental health. The Website provides information on various forms of lung disease as well as research updates and smoking cessation resources.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a federal agency devoted to protecting the health and safety of people by providing information to enhance health decisions. The website provides updated information and fact sheets on a number of conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) leads a national program in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lungs, and blood. The Website provides educational information for health professionals and the public about these diseases, with an emphasis on prevention.
National Lung Health Education Program
The National Lung Health Education Program (NLHEP) is a healthcare initiative financed by the pharmaceutical and medical device industries designed in collaboration with a number of leading health organization, to identify and treat patients in the early stages of emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The Website provides a variety of information about these conditions.
American Thoracic Society
The American Thoracic Society (ATS) is a nonprofit, international, professional and scientific society for respiratory and critical care medicine. The ATS is committed to the prevention and treatment of respiratory disease through research, education, patient care and advocacy. The long-range goal of the ATS is to decrease morbidity and mortality from respiratory disorders and life threatening acute illnesses in people of all ages. In keeping with these goals, the American Thoracic Society interacts with both national and international organizations which have similar goals.
Global Initiative for Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD)
The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) works with healthcare professionals and public health officials around the world to raise awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and to improve prevention and treatment of this lung disease.The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) works with healthcare professionals and public health officials around the world to raise awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and to improve prevention and treatment of this lung disease.
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1) is the most common known genetic risk factor for COPD. The Alpha-1 Foundation provides extensive free materials on Alpha-1-related COPD and the latest news on therapies, detection and the Foundation's research for a cure for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.