How can you develop and use a written COPD Action Plan?

COPD Action Plans aim to help you recognise a flare up earlier and provide instructions on how to act to reduce the severity and duration of your illness.

To be successful it is essential that you plan it together with your doctor. Nursing and allied health staff can start the development of your plan however decisions about medicine changes must be made by a doctor or an appropriately qualified nurse practitioner.

COPD Action Plans work best when they are checked, updated and rehearsed regularly. This should occur each six months or after each flare up.

 Click here to download the Lung Foundation’s COPD Action Plan.