This section of the Knowledge Centre aims to provide information surrounding the management of COPD in women.
COPD is a highly debilitating disease that represents a substantial and growing health burden in women.1 Despite this burden, COPD receives scant attention as a women’s health issue.1 Women with COPD symptoms may delay seeking medical advice; reasons for this delay could include: dismissing symptoms as ‘smoker’s cough’ and fear of social stigma.2,3 In addition, evidence suggests that some physicians are more likely to correctly diagnose COPD in men compared with women.1,4–6 There is a need for greater awareness to minimise the risk of COPD in women and to ensure timely and appropriate disease management.1 References can be found here.
Improving care for women with COPD: guidance for primary care.
The growing burden of COPD in women and the realities of living with COPD are two of the infographics available.
Video journey accounts of women with COPD, highlighting the need to talk and the importance of staying active.
Key publications to improve awareness and gender-focused management of COPD.