COPD Appointment Guide
Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
- How often do you have trouble breathing or shortness of breath? Frequently, occasionally, or rarely?
- How many COPD flare-ups have you had? Have you ever been hospitalized for COPD?
- What level of activity causes you breathing trouble or shortness of breath? For example, only with strenuous exercise, or even with everyday tasks such as climbing stairs and getting dressed?
- How are you monitoring your breathing or COPD symptoms? Are you using a spirometer or peak flow meter?
- Are you taking your COPD medications as directed?
- Are your breathing difficulties negatively impacting your quality of life, such as your ability to do activities, your sleep, or your energy level?
- For how long have you been having difficulty with your breathing? How has this affected your everyday activities?
- Does your breathing difficulty including wheezing or chest tightness that you don't normally have?
- Do you have a cough in addition to breathing difficulties? If yes, does the cough produce mucus or phlegm?
- Do you have a history of smoking? If yes, for how long and in what amount? Are you currently smoking?
- How well is your medication controlling your symptoms? Do you feel it is effective?
- What concerns you most about your COPD?
- What new symptoms are you experiencing?
- Do my symptoms mean I have COPD?
- What causes COPD? How is it different from asthma?
- Could my symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
- What medications are available to improve my breathing symptoms?
- What should I do if my breathing symptoms get worse?
- Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms, such as exercise or dietary changes? Are there specific activities you would recommend I avoid?
- How would you categorize my COPD: mild, moderate or severe?
- What are my treatment options for COPD?
- Do I need pulmonary rehab?
- How often do I need to make appointments for follow-up? What are you looking for when I have follow-up appointments?
- Are there other medications that would do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
- Do my new or different symptoms indicate that my COPD is getting worse?
- Can I get better results from different COPD treatments?