If you've just been diagnosed with COPD, our quick overview will help you find out what you can do to live well and manage your condition.
What is COPD?
COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It’s a long-term condition. But you can do things to help yourself.
Chronic = it is long term and does not go away
Obstructive = it makes it harder for you to breathe out
Pulmonary = it affects your lungs
Disease = it is a problem to be taken seriously
Am I getting the right care?
Complete your COPD passport to check you’re getting the care you’re entitled to.
All you need to do:
1. Choose ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to statements about your care
2. At the end, you’ll get your personalised passport
3. Discuss this with your doctor or nurse
What can I do to help my COPD?
Where to get help and support
Read about people like you, living with COPD
My COPD's not smoking-related, so stop assuming it is
Dr. Shobha has COPD and has never smoked. Read her story.
Researching COPD to change lives
Aran is a researcher in respiratory medicine. He shares his research in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- View, download and order our collection of COPD leaflets, booklets and other resources.
- All of our information is reviewed under the Information Standard. This information was reviewed in June 2018. The next review date is June 2021.
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