A survey of lung health and COPD awareness amongst participants at a mobile spirometry clinic

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/577459
Title:
A survey of lung health and COPD awareness amongst participants at a mobile spirometry clinic
Authors:
Rajgopal, R; Migone, Chantal; O'Connor, M; McDonnell, T; Peelo, Damien; McCormack, S
Affiliation:
R Rajgopal1, C Migone2, M O’Connor2, T McDonnell3, D Peelo4, S McCormack5 1Student, Department of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA 2Department of Public Health, HSE East, Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin 8 3Department of Respiratory Medicine, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4 4COPD Support Ireland and 5Irish Thoracic Society, Brookfield House, Brookfield Terrace, Blackrock, Co Dublin
Citation:
Rajgopal, R, Migone, C, O’Connor, M, McDonnell,T. Irish Medical Journal September 2015 Volume 108 Number 8
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal
Issue Date:
Sep-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/577459
Additional Links:
http://www.imj.ie
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a leading cause of death in Ireland. It affects over 440,000 people (10% of Ireland’s population), but awareness of COPD is low. COPD Support Ireland is a national charity established to advocate for and support those with COPD. For World COPD Day 2013, a mobile clinic visited 5 locations to provide information about COPD and free spirometry testing. In this study, we evaluated participants’ level of knowledge about COPD and whether this was correlated with a number of variables. Participants completed a questionnaire (352). Questionnaires were analysed to ascertain this selfpresenting population’s characteristics. Most (247, 70.2%) were smokers/ex-smokers, yet only 168 (47.7%) knew of COPD. Almost 18% (63, 17.9%) required referral to GPs with abnormal spirometry results. Our findings suggest the need for greater COPD education and awareness to increase earlier diagnosis, reduce health care costs and improve quality of life.
Local subject classification:
PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT; HEALTH PROTECTION; HEALTH IMPROVEMENT; HEALTH SERVICE PLANNING; COPD

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorRajgopal, Ren
dc.contributor.authorMigone, Chantalen
dc.contributor.authorO'Connor, Men
dc.contributor.authorMcDonnell, Ten
dc.contributor.authorPeelo, Damienen
dc.contributor.authorMcCormack, Sen
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-17T15:36:19Zen
dc.date.available2015-09-17T15:36:19Zen
dc.date.issued2015-09en
dc.identifier.citationRajgopal, R, Migone, C, O’Connor, M, McDonnell,T. Irish Medical Journal September 2015 Volume 108 Number 8en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/577459en
dc.descriptionChronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a leading cause of death in Ireland. It affects over 440,000 people (10% of Ireland’s population), but awareness of COPD is low. COPD Support Ireland is a national charity established to advocate for and support those with COPD. For World COPD Day 2013, a mobile clinic visited 5 locations to provide information about COPD and free spirometry testing. In this study, we evaluated participants’ level of knowledge about COPD and whether this was correlated with a number of variables. Participants completed a questionnaire (352). Questionnaires were analysed to ascertain this selfpresenting population’s characteristics. Most (247, 70.2%) were smokers/ex-smokers, yet only 168 (47.7%) knew of COPD. Almost 18% (63, 17.9%) required referral to GPs with abnormal spirometry results. Our findings suggest the need for greater COPD education and awareness to increase earlier diagnosis, reduce health care costs and improve quality of life.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.imj.ieen
dc.subject.otherPUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENTen
dc.subject.otherHEALTH PROTECTIONen
dc.subject.otherHEALTH IMPROVEMENTen
dc.subject.otherHEALTH SERVICE PLANNINGen
dc.subject.otherCOPDen
dc.titleA survey of lung health and COPD awareness amongst participants at a mobile spirometry clinicen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentR Rajgopal1, C Migone2, M O’Connor2, T McDonnell3, D Peelo4, S McCormack5 1Student, Department of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA 2Department of Public Health, HSE East, Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin 8 3Department of Respiratory Medicine, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4 4COPD Support Ireland and 5Irish Thoracic Society, Brookfield House, Brookfield Terrace, Blackrock, Co Dublinen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journalen
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