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What is a self-management plan?

A self-management plan is written together with your doctor or nurse, and it’s a written record of:1

  • What medication you’re on
  • What you can do to keep your COPD under control
  • What to do if your symptoms get worse
  • When to get help

You can also keep an exacerbation diary and keep note of when they happen, how long they last, whether you needed steroid tablets, antibiotics, or hospital treatment. This can help you spot patterns, and to know when your home pack of emergency medication is running out.

If you don’t have a plan but would like one, talk to your doctor or nurse at your next asthma appointment.

Everyone is different, so it’s important to have advice and information that’s specific to you and your symptoms.

Approval code: RESP-IE-NP-00101

Date of preparation: November 2020

  1. COPD: Living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. British Lung Foundation. Last accessed: November 2020.

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