January 24, 2017

The Big Fat Reference Guide® (BFRG) is a comprehensive resource developed by the COPD Foundation with a collaboration of scientists, physicians, other health care professionals and individuals impacted by COPD. The 350+ page, 20+ chapter Guide, was written for people with COPD, their families and caregivers. The BFRG has been updated four times since inception in 2007 and has been translated into 9 languages other than English. The BFRG was available in print, by electronic download and through the dedicated BFRG interactive website.

Although it was created for individuals impacted by COPD, the most frequent users of the BFRG were health care professionals using the book as a teaching tool and reference source in the clinical setting. The cost to maintain and update the BFRG and its many versions supersedes the current usage rates. Most customers have been downloading and using print versions of other educational materials more frequently than the BFRG.

Over the past few years, the COPD Foundation has developed the Slim Skinny Reference Guide® (SSRG) series of 11 booklets, the Optimal Care for COPD – Including How to Get the Most Out of Your Medications booklet, The 1s, 2s and 3s of COPD booklet and several other educational materials that are compact and easier to read. The BFRG is no longer the primary resource used by our customers

For these reasons, the COPD Foundation will no longer support updates or distribution of the BFRG content, effective January 24, 2017. The COPD Foundation is exploring an expansion of the SSRG series, which will meet the specific needs of health care professionals, COPD educators in a clinical setting and those impacted by COPD.