NLHEP's mission is to reach health care providers, their patients and the public.
Most patients who have COPD visit their primary care provider for a variety of health services years before the symptoms of cough, mucus and shortness of breath develop. Earlier identification and appropriate intervention by family practitioners, general internists, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists and physician assistants, can prevent symptoms from progressing to the disabling stages of disease which may require hospitalization and intensive care.
All health care professionals should be able to identify patients with early signs of COPD. Patients and the public should learn the risk factors for this disease and steps they can take to preserve lung health.