Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Updated: Friday December 13, 2013

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The COPD Program has been developed by the Smithville Medical Centre Family Health Team (SMC FHT) to improve the quality of life of those with COPD and their families. The Team consists of a Nurse Practitioner working with the patient’s Family Physician to provide a comprehensive assessment, and to manage symptoms and medications for their COPD. The goal of the program is to help patients with COPD remain as active and healthy as possible, managing their symptoms to ensure optimal quality of life. This program has the support of a Registered Dietitian and Mental Health Counselors onsite as well.

At these appointments you will have an opportunity to ask questions about managing a chronic condition, how to set small goals for self-care and how to know when to seek more acute medical attention.

These appointments are usually booked for 40 minutes with the Nurse Practitioner. Typically there are follow up visits every 3-4 months, especially during the cold and flu season.

 

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