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COPD Self Management: Patient Self Management/ Monitoring

The major focus of self-management in patients with COPD includes managing symptoms and slowing the progression of the disease. According to the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) 2017, self-management education should be a main focus of patient-centered COPD care. The goal of self-management is to improve patient’s health behaviors and develop the skills necessary to better manage their disease. Additional information regarding education and self-management within the GOLD guidelines can be accessed here.

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Action Plans

Self-management should involve patients in monitoring and managing the signs and symptoms of their COPD. The American Lung Association provides an individualized COPD Action/Management Plan, which should be completed and maintained in collaboration with the patient’s health care provider. This document assists patients in recognizing their current COPD control through the identification of Green, Yellow and Red Zones. Each zone includes descriptions of the patient’s current state with corresponding actions that are individualized to the patient.

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American Lung Association

The American Lung Association provides a variety of tools to assist patients in managing their COPD.  In addition to the COPD Action/Management Plan, patients can access information about managing their COPD medications as well as steps to better breathing.

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National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

The following resource through the NHLBI provides information for patients to slow the progression of the disease by avoiding lung irritants, getting ongoing care, managing the disease and its symptoms and preparing for emergencies

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Smoking Cessation

Addressing behavioral risk factors, including smoking cessation, is an important component of COPD self-management. For more information, you can access the Smoking Cessation Toolkit for resources regarding Tools For Quitting and the Tools for Staying Tobacco Free.

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Click here for the Tools for Staying Tobacco Free.



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