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How can empathetic care improve patient outcomes? By building trust. 

Doctor and Patient

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, underserved communities were disproportionately impacted by four common lung diseases: asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease, and lung cancer. Inequities in health care and outcomes are due to many factors, and these systemic barriers to care are difficult to overcome. 

Hope for change lies in the patient-physician relationship. With the First 5 MinutesTM program, CHEST is embarking on a new empathetic training model that will focus on:   

1. Enhancing cultural competency by building an understanding of barriers to care 

2. Strengthening rapport and trust between clinician and patient  

3. Meaningfully encouraging patients to be active participants in their health care and treatment 

You can help us address health inequities and give hope to patients everywhere by supporting this program. 

Make a gift today, and together, we will crush lung disease.  

Building trust 5 minutes at a time 

Every 15 minutes, a doctor is expected see another patient. In this brief window, it can be challenging to demonstrate the level of compassion and care they feel for their patient. The First 5 MinutesTM program will provide physicians with the tools needed to establish trust and rapport with their patients, even under time constraints.

When access to health care is limited, every minute with a physician counts. 
Access to a physician is made more difficult for many reasons, including items most people take for granted. 

28.1 M

people living without insurance 

41.4 M

people with a limiting disability 

10.3 M

households without a working car 

17.7 M

households without internet access 

37.2 M

people living below the poverty line 


Findings drawn from US Census Bureau 2020 report 



LISTENING TOUR | Through a series of coast-to-coast conversations, the CHEST Foundation has worked to understand challenges that patients face in accessing health care. SEE WHAT WE FOUND »

“I don’t know if I was ever asked, ‘Hey, can you afford this health care? Can you afford this visit?’ It has been assumed, many times to our hurt, because we have had to make decisions based on our financial limitations. [There were] medications that I couldn’t take because I couldn’t afford them.” – Orlando Rivera, Patient 



“[There is a] need to touch on issues that matter to the patients, not issues that matter for the diagnosis alone. You’re trying to view the patient as a total human being and not just a specific disease.” – Ayodeji Adegunsoye, MD, FCCP 

Better lung health starts now

When it comes to crushing lung disease, we all have to work together. We’ve made it our mission to be the bridge builders between patients and caregivers and the health care professionals who treat them. Because of your giving, we can provide community support, research grants, and patient-focused education that changes lives.