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Talking to Your Doctor About Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
by Alayne Ronnenberg, ScD
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with COPD. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Your Risk of Developing COPD
About Treatment Options
About Lifestyle Changes
COPD. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115557/COPD. Updated February 9, 2017. Accessed February 22, 2017.
Tips for talking to your doctor. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor website. Available at:
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Updated May 2010. Accessed February 22, 2017.
Last reviewed February 2017 by Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
Last Updated: 3/15/2015
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