Self-Management Strategies in COPD include quitting smoking, improving exercise and physical activity levels, proper nutrition, and medication adherence. Self-Management in COPD, focusing on a plan for the exacerbation, and enhanced communication between the patient and health care providers make good clinical sense. It is considered an integral component of chronic care model of disease management which includes health care organization, community resources, delivery system redesign, and clinical information systems.
Self-Management helps the patient to acquire knowledge and skills required to follow the medical therapies. A systematic review of self-management in COPD concluded that it reduces hospital admissions and has no detrimental effects.
Prevention of COPD
never start smoking or quit smoking
reduce your exposure to COPD causing irritants
Vaccination and Physical activity