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WINNER of 2006 BMA Board of Science Award for the Public Understanding of Science
If you are told you have COPD (a general term covering serious lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis, and emphysema) you could be forgiven for feeling that there is no information to help you cope with this potentially disabling condition. It is one of the most common respiratory disorders in the UK and yet over 70% of people have never heard of it.
The positive news is that with good management, you can do much to improve your symptoms and live a normal life.
This practical guide shares many people’s experiences and contains helpful and informative answers to 196 questions asked by people with COPD and their families.
- What are the symptoms of COPD? How do I know whether I’ve got it?
- I have heard that there is a drug to help you stop smoking. What is it and how does it work?
- My medication has recently been combined into one inhaler. Will it still work as well?
- What inhalers are available?
- My doctor is sending me for an assessment for a nebuliser. What will be involved?
- I need oxygen to get around the house but I also want to get out. Is there any way I can take oxygen with me?
- Are there any exercises I can do at home to help my breathing?
- I have been referred to a pulmonary rehabilitation programme at the hospital. What should I expect?
- Will flying affect my inhalers?
- What is the Disability Living Allowance – DLA? Would I be eligible for it?
- What is an expert patient? Can I become one?
Table of Contents
Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 What is COPD?
Part 3 Work and environment
Part 4 How is COPD diagnosed?
Part 5 Stopping smoking
Part 6 Treatment
Part 7 Inhalers and nebulisers
Part 8 Oxygen therapy
Part 9 Exercise and fitness
Part 10 Living with COPD
Part 11 Getting help
Part 12 Research and the future
"...provides authoritative and up-to-date information about all aspects of COPD diagnosis and care" Peter Calverley, Professor of Medicine, University of Liverpool
"This has been the best book I have ever read. It is so knowledgeable and well written, and if I hadn’t known, I would have thought it had been written by a patient with COPD." Mrs J Whitworth, Manchester
You can read a peer reviewed
article about COPD here: https://mesothelioma.net/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/
About the Authors
Dr Jon Miles MD, FCRP is a Consultant Respiratory Physician at North Manchester General Hospital.
June Roberts SRN, DipHE (PN), FETC, DipAsthma, DipCOPD, DipAllergy is a nurse practitioner at Langworthy Medical Practice, Salford. She is also Honory Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen, and facilitator at Education for Health, Warwick.