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EFFORTS — PO Box 20241
Kansas City, MO 64195–0241
Ph: 1–866–END–COPD
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EFFORTS and the AACVPR



American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)

EFFORTS works closely with various organizations in supporting patients with emphysema and COPD, which includes an on–going cooridination with the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. AACVPR is an organization of health professionals dedicated to reducing morbidity, mortality and disability caused by cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. AACVPR has graciously donated and/or made available to EFFORTS various resources, some of which are listed below.

  • Take Control of Your COPD: A Guide to Better Living – A series of patient educational videos for people who suffer from COPD and their caregivers.

  • Depression and COPD – A discussion of depression in COPD patients by Maria Buckley, Staff Psychologist for The Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI.

  • Depression and COPD FAQ – Frequently asked questions about COPD and depression asked by EFFORTS members and answered by Maria Buckley, Staff Psychologist for The Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI.

  • Pulmonary Rehab Alternatives – Chris Garvey, NP, discusses alternatives to pulmonary rehabilitation as well as what to do after completing pulmonary rehabilitation.