Monday, September 24, 2012

COPD Workbook

I am currently working on a COPD Workbook for my patients.  Took several weeks to learn how to write the workbook using MS Word.  Things to consider include: cover page, header, footer, style, font, table of content and reference.  Important to use section breaks.  This is my introduction and I am into the second page today.

     "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is characterised by persistent airflow limitation which is usually progressive. There is an enhanced chronic inflammatory response in the airways and the lungs to noxious particles or gases.


An individual with COPD has difficulty breathing (dyspnea). The sensation is worse with exercise. The shortness of breath is persistent and slowly worsens over time.

There is chronic cough which maybe intermittent and unproductive. Sputum production is chronic and can be of any pattern.

COPD is now considered a systemic disease with associated skeletal muscle wasting and it may initiate or worsen ischaemic heart disease, heart failure, osteoporosis, anaemia, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and depression."

Lots of reading and typing to go. 

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