COPD Management Tools

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.  Another important part of managing your COPD is finding help from others who share your disease and many of the same experiences.  Here are some resources to help you best manage your COPD.

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.  We hope you will use the tools provided here to work with your doctor to make a plan that is right for you.

Get Connected.... The first step in living with lung disease means learning about lung disease. Join the thousands of others with chronic respiratory disease across the country who participate in the American Lung Association Better Breathers Clubs. These support groups meet regularly to learn about tips and techniques to better manage their disease.

Get Some Help......Through the Lung Association's Lotsa Helping Hands Web Site, visitors may create their own mini care giving site to help friends and family suffering from lung disease manage tasks and coordinate support - making it easy to manage support - and for someone to help in a really meaningful way.

Quit Smoking.....The American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking® program offers help for smokers who want to quit.  This successful program is available in clinics and online. 

Increase Awareness.......The American Lung Association is proud to be a partner of the COPD: Learn More Breathe Better® awareness campaign sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

COPD: Learn More Breathe Better® Campaign

Lung Helpline

Call the American Lung Association Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-548-8252) to speak to someone directly, or submit a question online –  We're here to answer your lung health questions.

It's our mission to provide detailed and accurate answers to your questions about:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • COPD
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Environmental Health

The Call Center is staffed by Registered Nurses and Registered Respiratory Therapists. The Call Center staff have extensive experience in the healthcare industry. Areas of expertise include: Education, Smoking Cessation, Respiratory Therapy, Lung Disease, Nursing, Physician Referral, Respiratory Home Care, Neonatal, Pediatric, and Adult Intensive Care, Medicare, Medicaid, Private Insurance, Medication Counseling, Patient Advocacy, Health Care Insurance, and Nursing Case Management.

To learn more about COPD please visit the Colorado Lung Health Connection.

If you or a loved one has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you may be interested in participating in a clinical research study. Click here to find out more information about one such study.