COPD Management

Your COPD Can Be Controlled

At Central Ohio Primary Care, we have designed a program for our patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Our COPD Management program is just one of the many services included in our Population Health Management initiative that focuses on keeping our patients healthy and out of hospitals and Emergency Rooms.

COPD impacts your life

but our program can help! According to the Center for Disease Control: *

76% of people with COPD reported that shortness of breath impacted their quality of life.

41% of people with COPD reported seeing a doctor about their symptoms in the past year.

23% of people with COPD reported going to the hospital because of their COPD in the past year.

In order to improve your overall quality of life, we highly encourage you to contact your COPC physician about joining our program. Please click the button below to learn about how we can help you manage your COPD.

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Our Goals

Increase Awareness

Increase awareness to show patients and physicians that COPD is not curable, but is treatable and progression can be considerably slowed.

Increase Patient Confidence

Increase patient confidence in their ability to control dyspnea and infection prevention.

Increase Patient Compliance

Increase patient compliance with their individualized treatment plan and medication use.

Increase Family Awareness

Increase family awareness and decrease the anxiety associated with their loved one's diagnosis.

Smoking and COPD

The relationship that makes a difference

24% of current and former smokers in Ohio have COPD. Additionally, smoking is the leading cause of COPD in the United States.* If you are struggling to quit smoking, please check out our smoking cessation program and see how we can help.

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Assessment and Intervention

COPD Assessment

A midmark spirometry test may be performed if you have not received one within the past year, if there has been a change in treatment modality, or there has been a change in your COPD. Other areas that may be accessed include:

  • Understanding your COPD
  • Level of dyspnea at rest and with activity
  • Infection prevalence- ER and hospital visits
  • Your family history of lung disease
  • Cough and mucus production
  • Understanding your respiratory medications
  • Oxygenation and any needs for oxygen
  • Energy levels
  • Anxiety levels which may impact your respiratory condition
  • Your individual perception of needs

COPD Educator Intervention

As part of this program, you will learn about:

  • Understanding lung function
  • Breathing retraining techniques (pursed lips, patterned diaphragm; including how to quantify dyspnea - BORG scale)
  • Infection prevention/ recognition/ early intervention
  • Bronchial hygiene
  • Possible simple exercise program
  • Control and recognition of environmental triggers
  • Review of medications and proper use of inhalers. Includes understanding oxygen use and possibly a walking assessment to determine supplemental oxygen need.
  • Review simple energy conservation techniques
  • Discuss panic/anxiety control
  • You will also be given a written COPD action plan

Meet the Team

Becky Hoberty

Respiratory Therapist

* Center for Disease Control and Prevention (July 31, 2013) COPD Among Adults in Ohio. Retrieved from