Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) includes two major lung diseases - emphysema and chronic bronchitis - and is primarily caused by smoking. This condition narrows the air passages and causes chronic swelling in the lungs, making breathing difficult.

Symptoms can include coughing, mucous, shortness of breath or wheezing. Flare-ups can be brought on by a cold or flu, poor air quality, or a change in weather.

These flare-ups can result in emergency room visits, hospitalizations and in some cases, death.

The COPD Program

Helping people in Erie St. Clair to better manage their COPD is a priority for the Erie St. Clair LHIN. 

The COPD Program aims to help those with COPD improve their quality of life, by providing assistance and techniques in helping them to manage their disease. The initiative is geared at ensuring patients receive the proper support, education and assistance in order to help prevent frequent exacerbations or unnecessary hospital admissions.



More information

This video is for health care providers who are looking for detailed information on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The video is from a presentation provided by Dr. Chris Licskai.



Residents of Chatham-Kent can access the Breathe Well COPD Program by calling 310-CCAC (2222).


Residents of Sarnia/Lambton can access the Community COPD Teams by calling 310-CCAC (2222).

Grand Bend Community Health Centre became the early adopter for the Electronic Assessment Tool in COPD.  The pilot phase will be approximately 3 months and will be evaluated and shared with wider e-tool group as the implementation is continued within other HSPs.  This tool is important to effectively measuring COPD system performance, ongoing quality and ensuring that care transition points are effectively managed.  There is opportunity for additional modules of the e-tool to be shared across other chronic disease care systems.


The Windsor- Essex COPD Working Group began meeting in May, 2013, and has reviewed the compiled COPD best practice table, COPD service inventory for Windsor-Essex, and a completed SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis that is specific to this sub-region. There is a task force being created to advance a care path for COPD care in Windsor-Essex, which will eventually lead the group to performance measurement.