Promotion of lung health

NHLBI workshop on the primary prevention of chronic lung diseases

Carlos A. Camargo, G. R Scott Budinger, Gabriel J. Escobar, Nadia N. Hansel, Corrine K Hanson, Gary B. Huffnagle, A. Sonia Buist

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Abstract

Lung-related research primarily focuses on the etiology and management of diseases. In recent years, interest in primary prevention has grown. However, primary prevention also includes "health promotion" (actions in a population that keep an individual healthy). We encourage more research on population-based (public health) strategies that could not only maximize lung health but also mitigate "normal" age-related declines - not only for spirometry but across multiple measures of lung health. In developing a successful strategy, a "life course" approach is important. Unfortunately, we are unable to achieve the full benefit of this approach until we have better measures of lung health and an improved understanding of the normal trajectory, both over an individual's life span and possibly across generations. We discuss key questions in lung health promotion, with an emphasis on the upper (healthier) end of the distribution of lung functioning and resiliency and briefly summarize the few interventions that have been studied to date. We conclude with suggestions regarding the most promising future research for this important, but largely neglected, area of lung research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAnnals of the American Thoracic Society
Volume11
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Primary Prevention
Health Promotion
Lung Diseases
Chronic Disease
Education
Lung
Health
Research
Spirometry
Disease Management
Population
Public Health

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  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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Promotion of lung health : NHLBI workshop on the primary prevention of chronic lung diseases. / Camargo, Carlos A.; Budinger, G. R Scott; Escobar, Gabriel J.; Hansel, Nadia N.; Hanson, Corrine K; Huffnagle, Gary B.; Buist, A. Sonia.

In: Annals of the American Thoracic Society, Vol. 11, No. SUPPL. 3, 01.01.2014.

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Camargo, Carlos A. ; Budinger, G. R Scott ; Escobar, Gabriel J. ; Hansel, Nadia N. ; Hanson, Corrine K ; Huffnagle, Gary B. ; Buist, A. Sonia. / Promotion of lung health : NHLBI workshop on the primary prevention of chronic lung diseases. In: Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2014 ; Vol. 11, No. SUPPL. 3.
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