Doctor Discussion Guide

Most patients lack any real relationship with their healthcare provider, so an awkward dialogue takes place during most discussions in doctor’s offices. Here are the essential questions to be thinking about before going to your appointment, and questions to review with your healthcare provider to get the most out of the visit. Just select a condition in the box below and your prep list will appear below.

COPD Discussion Guide

Written by eHealth Navigator Friday, 30 March 2012 2:31PM

Talking about COPD with your primary care doctor or pulmonologists is important. 

Let your doctor know how COPD is affecting you both physically and emotionally using the following discussion guide, so you can work together to find ways to better manage your COPD and improve your quality of life.  

Bring the below discussion guide questions printed out with your answers to your next doctor's appointment .

1. Have you had chest colds this year?
a. Yes
b. No
c. I don’t know

2. Have your smoking  habits changed?
a. Yes
b. No
c. I don’t know

3. How often do you use a rescue inhaler?
a. Rarely
b. Occasionally
c. Frequently
d. I don’t know

4. Have you found yourself coughing more over the past 6 months?
a. Yes
b. No
c. I don’t know

5. Are you doing anything now to help manage your symptoms?
a. Yes
b. No
c. I don’t know

6. Did you miss more work this year because of respiratory problems?
a. Yes
b. No
c. About the same
d. I don’t know

7. Are you less active than you were a year ago because of your breathing?
a. Yes
b. No
c. About the same
d. I don’t know
 

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