Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long-term incapacitating respiratory condition. The main causes, including smoking and exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution are more common in low and middle income countries (LMIC). Breathe Well's aim is to foster research in primary care and the community to improve the diagnosis, management and prognosis of COPD patients in these areas.
Led by Professor KK Cheng, Director of the Institute of Applied Health Research and in close collaboration with colleagues from the NHS and Health Education England, this team has over ten years’ experience in working at various levels with colleagues in China in their redevelopment of primary healthcare and general practice. A key objective is to develop cohorts of future leaders and relevant infrastructure in health policy, health service management, clinical care delivery, education and research that are essential for a thriving primary care system.
Working with global partners to develop community-based research and capacity to increase awareness and management of AF in lower and middle income countries (LMICs).