3. Questions to Ask Your Doctor About COPD

A recent survey found that most (75%) people with COPD work with their doctor to develop a disease management plan. However, most are not satisfied with the effectiveness of their COPD plan, indicating a significant opportunity for improved patient-doctor communication.

ASK YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT YOUR COPD

  • Do I really have COPD?
  • How severe is it? What stage is it?
  • Is it controlled or uncontrolled?

ASK YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT TREATMENT OPTIONS

  • What medications should I take every day?
  • What medications should I take only when needed?
  • Do I need oxygen?
  • How should I approach exercise?
  • When should I contact the doctor’s office if symptoms change?

ASK YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT OTHER CONDITIONS THAT MAY IMPACT YOUR COPD

  • Could COPD have affected my heart?
  • Could COPD have affected my sleep?
  • What is an exacerbation? How does it impact my lung function?