Underuse, overuse, and improper use of prescribed medications contribute significantly to the severity of COPD symptoms, reports the National Institute of Health. Only an average of 40 to 60 percent of patients with COPD adhere to a prescribed regiment, and only 1 in 10 patients with a metered dose inhaler correctly perform all the essential steps of effective administration.
COPD is a chronic disease that makes it hard to empty air out of your lungs. This difficulty leads to shortness of breath and a feeling of fatigue. It is a progressive illness, meaning it has several stages.
Unfortunately COPD is a common condition that affects more than 12.7 million U.S. adults, according to the American Lung Association.
Adherence to therapy in COPD is complex. Patients with COPD require adequate education on the disease process, comorbidities, and also on the use of different medications and devices, according to the National Institutes of Health. They often need to make important behavioral and lifestyle changes such as starting a smoking cessation program, adhering to an exercise program, and wearing oxygen.
One important part of managing your COPD is learning how to talk to your doctor and other healthcare professionals about how you feel, how to take your medicines and other medical treatments, according to the American Lung Association.
This COPD Management Tool is a 3-in-1 personal tool that helps you talk with your doctor to make a plan that is best for you. With a plan, you will know how and when to take your medicines, when to call your healthcare provider and when to get emergency care. A management plan also helps you track how you are doing, any concerns you may have and any changes in your health that are important to discuss with your doctor.
Each person’s COPD is different and so is each management plan.