AARC will be participating with several other organizations in a tweet chat aimed at raising awareness and education of COPD on Monday, Nov. 9 at noon Eastern time. To join in the tweet chat, participants can use the hashtag #COPDChat on Twitter.
AARC (with Twitter handle @AARC_Tweets), the COPD Foundation (@COPDFoundation) and GlaxoSmithKline (@GSKUS) are moderators for the event. They will be answering questions about COPD management, optimal treatment outcomes, and improving the patient dialogue with their health care providers. It is hoped that patients, caregivers, and other health care providers will join in with the chat, which is scheduled for about an hour.
#COPDChat Brings Together Providers and Patients
COPD is a growing problem in the U.S. and in one decade has risen from the fourth leading cause of death to the third, after heart disease and cancer. 5.5 percent of U.S. health costs are spent on chronic lung disease with a total of $49.9 billion annual costs accounting for COPD alone. Additionally, 26 percent of U.S. respondents reported visiting the emergency room with 17 percent having been hospitalized in 2014.
During the #COPDChat, @GSKUS, @AARC_Tweets and @COPDFoundation will be joined by knowledgeable health care providers, eager and ready to discuss expert information on COPD and how to better manage the disease so patients are able to maintain a healthy and comfortable quality of life.