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COPD: A Guide for Patients and Families

The American Thoracic Society has produced a video and guidebook to educate patients about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and how it can be managed. “COPD: A Guide for Patients and Families” was produced in collaboration with Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

This educational program includes a patient guidebook and 15-minute DVD highlighting the stories of three COPD patients and Darrell Green, a former NFL professional football player and Hall of Fame inductee who, along with his wife, Jewell, cared for a family member with COPD.

The patient stories in the video are inspiring and show how with proper care, COPD patients can lead fulfilling lives.

Two ATS members, who are leaders in treating patients with COPD, are featured in the video: Gerard Criner, MD, director, pulmonary and critical care medicine, Temple University, and Donald Mahler, MD, pulmonologist and clinical researcher, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Featured  topics include:

  • What causes COPD
  • How is COPD diagnosed
  • Treating COPD
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Taking COPD medicines
  • Oxygen for COPD
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Tips for caregivers

The video and guidebook are available for ATS members for distribution in their offices. To order “COPD: A Guide for Patients and Families” materials, please contact Lara Endreszl at

Last Reviewed: October 2016