WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PREVENT YOUR
PATIENT’S NEXT EXACERBATION?

Just one exacerbation could change everything for your COPD patients. Click below to learn more and share with your colleagues.

SEE THE EVIDENCE

MOST PATIENTS WITH COPD WILL HAVE AN EXACERBATION

Up to 77% of patients will have at least 1 exacerbation within 3 years2-4

 

How are COPD exacerbations defined?

 

LIFE-CHANGING IMPACT

COPD exacerbations can have a life-changing impact – causing disease progression and early death

DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOUR PATIENT’S NEXT EXACERBATION.
LEARN MORE NOW.

WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR WEBCAST WITH PROFESSOR JOHN HURST ON THE BURDEN OF COPD EXACERBATIONS

 

HOW CAN I IDENTIFY PATIENTS MOST AT RISK?

Exacerbations are frequently under-reported by patients and can therefore be undertreated.15

There are common risk factors that can help identify patients at risk of an exacerbation, including:

 

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What can you do to help prevent exacerbations?

Prioritise self-management
Regularly review medications
Adopt patient language
Use the flare-up checklist

It can be challenging for patients to know how to manage their COPD and adopt sustainable self-management skills. All patients should be given the tools and support to:

  • Quit smoking1
  • Maintain a healthy diet1
  • Exercise1
  • Understand the signs and symptoms of their disease1

In addition, patients with a high symptom burden or risk of exacerbation should be encouraged to take part in a pulmonary rehabilitation programme.1

Your patients may not pro-actively communicate changes to their symptoms during check-ups. New or worsening symptoms, and moderate or severe exacerbations, may necessitate a change in treatment.1 Conduct regular medication reviews to ensure patients are on the most appropriate therapy for them.

Many patients do not understand what COPD is, and more than half of patients are not familiar with words like “exacerbation”.16 When discussing COPD with your patients, adopting a shared language and using terms such as “attack” or “flare-up” can help patients to understand what has happened to them.

Talk to your patients about the importance of reporting exacerbations.

You can help patients identify and report their COPD exacerbations by downloading the Flare-up Checklist here.

FLARE-UP CHECKLIST

The flare-up checklist is a tool to help patients identify if they might have had an exacerbation in the past 12 months, or if their symptoms might be worsening.

  • The checklist is based on the GOLD criteria for diagnosing the severity of COPD exacerbations1

On completion, patients are encouraged to discuss their results with their healthcare professional for further guidance.

DOWNLOAD THE FLARE-UP CHECKLIST

Click here to revisit the GOLD definitions of Mild, Moderate and Severe COPD exacerbations.

IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO ACT ON COPD

PUT PREVENTION OF EXACERBATION AND EARLY DEATH AT THE CENTRE OF COPD MANAGEMENT

 

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