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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COPD Management 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 live well and focus on their life, not the disease.

Increase Patient Success

Increase patient involvement to successfully follow individualized treatment plans and medication use.

Increase Family Awareness

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

Smoking and COPD


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 (lung function) 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

Asthma Education

We strongly believe it’s important to encompass the total lung function and breathing issues for every patient, rather than focus on just one part of the equation. As part of our program, we perform a thorough lung function test to investigate our patients’ potential for asthma because its relationship with COPD is quite significant. If you have asthma and want to learn more about it, please check out our asthma education page for more information.

Meet the COPD Management Team

Becky Hoberty

Respiratory Therapist

I have been working with COPD and adult Asthma patients for over 30 years. My background is that of conducting pulmonary rehabilitation programs. I’ve been excited to bring many of the concepts taught in pulmonary rehab to the primary care setting. My passion is to help people learn how to manage their respiratory conditions on a day-to-day basis. I hope to promote a quality of life  where individuals can focus on living their lives and not focus on living their disease.  

Jon Lanker


I have been a registered respiratory therapist since 2007, with experience in critical care, COPD/ Asthma education, ventilator/ airway management, pulmonary diagnostics including pulmonary function testing, and bronchoscopies.  My critical care background provides me with a different perspective to COPD education.   I find it rewarding to help my patients live more healthy and active lives.   

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