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.

Each person's COPD is different and so is each management plan. We hope you will use the resources provided here to work with your doctor and other members of your care team to make a plan that is right for you.

COPD Action Plan

This 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.

Get Connected and Find Support

Group Counseling

Better Breathers Clubs

Join the thousands of others with chronic respiratory disease across the country who participate in our Better Breathers Clubs. These support groups meet regularly to learn about tips and techniques to better manage their disease. » More

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Lung HelpLine

The Lung HelpLine is open 7 days a week and staffed by experienced registered nurses, respiratory therapists and certified tobacco treatment specialists. Our compassionate and knowledgeable team can help answer many of your questions about COPD. » More

Freedom From Smoking®

Freedom From 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. » More

My Fighting For Air Community

My Fighting for Air Community

Visit the American Lung Association My Fighting for Air website to create a personal caregiving calendar to help your friends, family and caregivers manage tasks and coordinate support. » More


Lung Connection: Online Support Community

Lung Connection Community

Our free online community for individuals living with lung disease and caregivers. The community is a place for members to discuss how lung disease affects their lives and to share life experiences with peers. » More


Increase Your Awareness

Our Publications American Lung Association Publications

Looking for more detailed information? Browse the American Lung Association's publications about COPD and lung health. » More