Being a Savvy Consumer, and More on COPD
Annotation:National Jewish Health - A description of the tests used to differentiate COPD from the other diseases which can be confused with it.
Annotation:National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health - Descriptions of lung function tests and an illustration of the most common, the spirometer.
Annotation:YourLungHealth.org & American Association for Respiratory Care - Includes a quiz and tests for diagnosis, as well as information on COPD flare-ups and exacerbations.
Annotation:COPD Foundation (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Foundation) - Basic information on practical and psychological issues raised by care giving; some are specific to caring for COPD patients, but most are good for all caregivers.
Annotation:The AARC is a professional association of respiratory therapists, nurses, physicians, pulmonary laboratory technicians, home health providers, home medical equipment suppliers, industrial sales representatives, manufacturers of respiratory care equipment, and respiratory patients.
Annotation:The American Lung Association® provides information that is aimed at fighting lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control, and environmental health. State branches provide local programs and events.
Annotation:ATS members help prevent and fight respiratory disease around the globe through research, education, patient care, and advocacy. They provide information and web-links to patients and others who have an interest in lung, sleep, or critical care problems, treatment, and prevention.
Annotation:A nonprofit internet-based support and advocacy group for COPD patients, caregivers, medical professionals, and all those who care. Provides links to a variety of informational materials.
Annotation:EFFORTS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of individuals who suffer with emphysema, a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Its website provides much educational material, a list of books, online discussions, and directories of pulmonary rehabilitation facilities.
Annotation:GOLD works with health care professionals and public health officials to raise awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and to improve the prevention and treatment of this lung disease for patients around the world.
Annotation:The National Emphysema Foundation aims to improve the quality of life of patients with emphysema, chronic obstructive lung disease, asthma and related lung diseases with information and education. It hosts online discussion forums.
Annotation:NHLBI provides global leadership for research, training, and education programs to promote prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases. It sponsors the educational campaign COPD “Learn More Breathe Better”.
Annotation:Founded in 1899 as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish Health is dedicated exclusively to the treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders. Research, care and education are conducted, and the website provides much of interest to the patient.
Annotation:U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Suggestions regarding the safe use of medicines, including questions to ask your doctor, and tips on how to cut medicine costs. Check out the whole section of the FDA website devoted to consumers for other useful articles and resources, including how to report a bad reaction to a medicine, and how to protect yourself from health fraud.
Annotation:SeniorNet and Dr. Terrie Wurzbacher - Doctors and patients can sometimes be on different wavelengths. This article provides practical tips on how to prepare for an effective medical appointment.
Annotation:National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health - Tips for finding reliable health information.
Annotation:MedlinePlus - Excellent guidelines for evaluating web resources for the consumer.
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