COPD Lifestyle Questions

Use this list to help prepare questions for the provider about lifestyle modifications for COPD. This will help you make the most of the appointment.

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  • Write down questions a few days in advance to make sure all concerns are included.

  • Do not limit yourself to these questions; ask others as you think of them.

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If your loved one has been diagnosed with chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD), you both will likely have a lot of questions. Your first resource should be the healthcare team, as they can help navigate any confusion or uncertainty. Asking the most relevant questions will help you know what to anticipate and how to take action.

Use this list to help prepare questions for the provider ahead of time. This will help you make the most of your loved one's next appointment.


  • What will make COPD worse and what can be done to prevent it?

    • For example, are fumes, dust, or having pets a problem?

  • What are common indoor and outdoor triggers, and any avoidance tips? 

  • Ask about treatment options - is there a daily treatment that can help?

  • How can symptoms best be managed to allow for continuing daily activities?

  • What are some signs that breathing is getting worse and how should they be addressed?

  • What immunizations or vaccinations are needed?

  • What are some exercises to keep muscles strong, even if my loved one cannot endure prolonged activity?

  • Are there dietary changes that will help COPD?

  • Ask for resources on smoking cessation, if applicable. 

  • If the person you care for has other medical conditions—such as diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, heart disease, or others—ask how those conditions should be considered in daily routine/activity and the care you give.

No content in this app, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.

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