A program for the prevention of lung diseases
The pathogenesis, morbidity, mortality, and economic impact of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are similar to those of coronary heart disease. But in contrast to cardiologists pulmonologists have not yet developed and tested worldwide preventive strategies. Based on a research pneumobile in the FRG, the Institute for Preventive Medicine in Graz has developed a Pneumobile for general use. The program is aimed at all groups that can contribute to the prevention of COPD. This means the lay public, physicians, health-care providers, and politicians, and especially the media. To date about 10,500 people from all social levels have been tested in the pneumobile; 8% underwent a lysis test. The Pneumobile was stationed at heavily frequented locations in urban and rural centers. About 10 times as many people got a close look, and 100–1000 times as many heard of the Pneumobile and were made aware of the problem of COPD.
Key wordsChronic obstructive pulmonary disease Epidemiology Prevention
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