COPD online assessment tool to improve treatment options for patients (Dr. Don Sin)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects one in 12 Canadians over the age of 40. That’s three million people who are currently living with the progressive lung disease in this country, making it the fourth-leading cause of death in Canada.

There is no cure, but there are medications that can slow down the damage that leads to increasingly challenging shortness of breath. The problem is, physicians have no way of knowing which patients they need to treat aggressively and those who have a milder form of the disease.

But there is finally a solution to this problem. A brand new online program known as the Individualized Lung Function Predictor that was developed at UBC and St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.

Linda Aylesworth reports

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