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This site & the information contained herein

2005 - 2015

The Territories - COPD Provincial Report Card Rating -   N/A (though they did receive an overall mark of 32)

Note: The information contained herein (by province and Canada as a whole), has been extracted from the Canadian Lung Association's, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): a "National Report Card, 2005." 

Public Awareness & Attitudes:

  • Provincial Awareness - 45%
  • Unsympathetic towards smokers -49% (i.e. they get what they deserve)
  • 93% believe COPDer's should have access to the best medications

Physician Awareness, Attitudes, Familiarity with CTS (Canadian Thoracic Society) Treatment Guidelines

Due to a limited number of physicians, too few Dr's were interviewed to gather adequate information to do a statistical report.  However; some of the info that was gathered showed that although the physicians appeared to know a fair bit about COPD symptoms,  there was a fair degree of unfamiliarity with the CTS treatment guidelines.

Access to and Use of Spirometry

  • Limited access and limited use

              WHY?   Have you ever asked your MP or provincial Health Minister?

Physician Prescribing Habits & Access to COPD Medications

  • Because the physicians were unaware of the CTS guidelines, information could not be gathered as to whether they followed the recommended prescribing.


To find out who your MP is with complete contact info, all you need to do at the site listed below is enter your postal code.

Find YOUR Health Minister Now

  Note:  Click here to view the Lung Association's FULL report card



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