Written by Ms. Joan Johnston, National Co-ordinator COPD Support Ireland
Email: email@example.com | Professor J.J.Gilmartin, Chair COPD Support Ireland. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has a prevalence of approximately 380,000 patients in Ireland. With the iterations of the GOLD (Global Initiative for Obstructive Lung Disease 2020) the pharmacological management of COPD by severity class has been well established. Additionally, there is now significant evidence-based literature on non-pharmacological interventions showing improvements in dyspnoea, quality of life and even life expectancy. COPD Support Ireland (COPDSI ) is a national patient oriented charity with over 30 patient support groups around the country.