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Adventures of an Oxy-phile2 (Audio Book)


Organization: American Association for Respiratory Care
Start Date: 12/2010
End Date: Ongoing
Primary Goal: Goal 1: Empower people with COPD, their families, and caregivers to recognize and reduce the burden of COPD.
Secondary Goal(s):
  • Goal 2: Improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of COPD by improving the quality of care delivered across the health care continuum.
  • Increase the effectiveness and variety of outreach communication campaigns and activities that utilize evidence-based approaches to raise awareness of COPD, particularly among those at high risk, and help people diagnosed with COPD manage the disease
  • Expand opportunities to increase COPD awareness across the public-private spectrum
  • Develop and encourage the use of a written, patient-centric COPD management plan tool, with appropriate cultural and health literacy considerations, which can be customized with input from the patient's health care provider(s)
Collaboration: We worked alone
Activity Type: Patient education, Material or product, Training

Activity Description

This book is written for all Oxy-Philes, their caregivers, and respiratory therapists. It is particularly valuable for the motivation of people who want to continue to pursue life and happiness by virtue of long term oxygen therapy (LTOT). Nearly six years have passed since the writing of the first edition. During that period of time, there have been immense advances in oxygen technology. There are unfortunate and restrictive controls on oxygen reimbursement. There is an overwhelming need for new science to determine whether or not patient with mild to moderate hypoxemia need supplemental oxygen. These studies are a long way off. Many patients have unanswered questions about oxygen therapy. The second edition of Adventures of an Oxy-phile was deemed necessary due to the immense experience accumulated in the past six years.


General Audience: Patients, Caregivers or family members, Health professionals
Focused Audience: Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African American/Black, Caucasian/White, Men, Women
Program Reach: National
Type of Area: Urban, Suburban, Rural
Setting: Online

Cost and Funding Sources

Staff and operational costs = ~ $5,000

Impact Analysis

Estimated download = ~ 7,500

Advice or Lessons Learned


Contact Information

Doug Laher
American Association for Respiratory Care
Chief Operating Officer