Online Research on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was conducted by the Pulmonary Clinic of the University of Thessaly in collaboration with the Sarantaporo.gr NPO. The research was carried out between March 30, 2015 and April 20, 2015 with the aim of early diagnosis of COPD.
Residents from 14 villages of Elassona province participated in the survey through the website http://surveys.sarantaporo.gr.
The questionnaire was answered by 478 residents, 48% of whom were smokers or ex-smokers, while 90 of them reported simultaneous respiratory symptoms such as cough, phlegm or wheezing.
It is important to note that 67% of residents do not know what Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is, while 82% have never undergone respiratory control.
During the coming month, Pulmonary Clinic partners will start communicating with residents who have indicated an interest in spirometry for free. Spirometry will be performed with the help of the mobile unit of the Hellenic Pulmonary Society on Wednesday 27/5/2015 at 9am to 1pm in Sarantaporo Municipal Office.
For more details about the survey, see here.