Current appeal: COPD research

Current appeal: COPD research

Have you heard of COPD before or know what it is?

If you haven’t, you are not alone. Many people have never heard of it until they or someone they love are diagnosed with this progressive disease.

COPD is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, the umbrella term for progressive lung conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis or chronic asthma.

Could you imagine needing to visit a clinic or hospital so that you could breathe that much easier?

Silver Chain want to further improve the lives of people suffering with COPD and other respiratory conditions, and now we’re asking for your help to enable us to research even better ways to deliver our services.

Research will allow us to understand the impact that our services are having for people newly diagnosed with respiratory issues. This includes comparisons between traditional rehabilitation and self-managed home exercises, and the impact of additional care after a hospital admission.

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Being able to breathe is so often taken for granted.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) causes narrowing of the bronchial tubes in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. Sometimes air gets trapped in the lungs causing the feeling of breathlessness.

1 in 7 Australians aged 40 years and over have some form of COPD, with around half of these people unaware that they have the condition, despite having the symptoms*.

Symptoms of COPD can include shortness of breath, repetitive cough and phlegm or mucus production. Many people often mistake their symptoms as signs of ageing, lack of fitness or asthma.

These symptoms may have a minimal impact on peoples lives at first. But as COPD progresses, people find it harder to carry out day to day tasks such as washing without feeling short of breath.

It is important to know that whilst COPD can not yet be cured, it can be managed; slowing the progression of symptoms, reducing the risks of flare ups and the impact that it has on people’s day-to-day lives.

With your help, we can research how to better manage COPD and improve people’s lives.

How can you help?

Your donation will be vital in the development of a research program to discover the best outcomes for clients who undertake pulmonary rehabilitation (supervised respiratory exercises) and home exercise programs.

Not only would we investigate current models of practice for improvement, but explore new services untested by Silver Chain. You could help us trial in-home support for respiratory clients so they can get home sooner after hospitalisation.

Upon completion of this research we will provide feedback to you, our generous donors, on outcomes discovered through our multiple service delivery channels.

A donation from you will help begin research, which we will use to directly influence and improve services for not only our current clients, but also those who are diagnosed well into the future.

If you'd like to support us, see how you can donate or other ways you can get involved.

If we are unable to better understand the best treatments for respiratory conditions, we won’t be able to improve and help people with COPD live the life they deserve.

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