Great job with your post this week. I live in a farming and ranching community and due to the amount of chemicals they work with there is a prevalence for COPD here. According to Almagro and Castro (2013): The latest estimations of the Global Burden of Disease Study show that COPD was, in 2010, the third-leading cause of mortality worldwide and ninth in the combination of years of life lost or lived with disability (disability-adjusted life years, or DALYs). There are many ways for those with COPD to prolong their lives or avoid the disease altogether. Smoking cessation and increasing the amount of time spent in physical activity are priority behavioral targets for people with COPD (Williams et al., 2017). These two behavioral changes greatly reduce the chances of complications for these patients. Educating patients is a key component in everything we do and will inevitably affect patients on a higher level than just prescription writing.ReferencesAlmagro, P., & Castro, A. (2013). Helping COPD patients change health behavior in order to improve their quality of life. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 8. 335-345. doi: 10.2147/COPD.S34211Williams, M., Effing, T., Paquet, C., Gibbs, C., Lewthwaite, H., Li, L., Phillips, A., & Johnston, K. (2017). Counseling for health behavior change in people with COPD: systematic review. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder. 12. 2165-2178. doi: 10.2147/COPD.S111135
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