June 6, 2013

Attention: Melbourne Students – Apply today to do a COPD Honours Project on “Lung Attack”

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a major cause of death and disability in Australia and internationally.  COPD includes conditions such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema and some forms of chronic asthma.  The Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease (BOLD) study which was recently undertaken in our School and elsewhere around Australia estimated that 7.5% of the population over 40 have clinically significant COPD.  However there is much less data about acute exacerbations, which is how most patients present.

Research Question:  Should acute exacerbations of COPD be described as, “flare-ups”, “lung attacks” or some other term?

Rationale:  The findings will guide future messages to consumers by the Lung Foundation of Australia.

Necessary skills/knowledge: HSC1101, HSC1102 Biological bases of health and disease or BMS3042 or MED3051, MED3062 or equivalent units. Previous interviewing experience would be an advantage

For more information and contact details click here.