Treating COPD Effectively

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At Your Appointment

COPD Appointment Guide

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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?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Jul 17
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