Pulmonologists Seek Awareness About COPD
The Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (separ) seeks to raise awareness about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (EPOC) to contribute to an earlier and efficient diagnosis and improve the quality of life of patients who suffer.
As reported in a separ’s statement, the EPOC is a progressive disease that causes shortness of breath and is a health problem of the first magnitude which has the main causative snuff consumption.
The population prevalence is estimated at 10%, or more, among people older than 40 years, so it is important to develop initiatives to improve the under-diagnosis and quality of life of patients.
To determine the level of knowledge about the EPOC in Spain, separ has launched the study ‘Conocepoc’ and the data revealed that 17% of the Spanish population spontaneously knows what is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
‘Ignorance on EPOC and its determinants in the Spanish general population remains still too high. For this reason, it is evident the need for more outreach and awareness activities,’ said the study coordinator and epidemiologist separ, Joan Soriano.
‘The increased knowledge-added-contributes to an earlier and efficient diagnosis which would entail reducing the number of hospitalizations and improving the quality of life of patients suffering from this disease.’
Compared to the results of the 2002 study, there is an increased knowledge of 2%. In addition, data has thrown that half of people with symptoms consistent with EPOC consult with their doctor, and only 62% of these had undergone ever spirometry (breathing test series).
According to the results of Conocepoc, the region with the greatest knowledge of the respiratory disease is Extremadura with 22.6%, followed by 21.8% Aragon and Castile and Leon with 21.6% while Valencia is the territory with less knowledge, recording 10.4%.
Despite diagnostic and therapeutic advances, EPOC is considered as a serious disease among the most common diseases. According to estimates by the separ, EPI-SCAN study conducted in 2009, in Spain there are currently 2,185,764 people with EPOC, corresponding to 1.57 million men and over 600,000 women and 18,000 people die annually from this disease.
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