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COPD Management


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, or COPD, is one of the most common lung disorders. COPD is not a genetic condition, which means it is not passed down in families. Most often COPD is caused by smoking. COPD must be diagnosed by your doctor who will perform a specialized breathing test called a pulmonary function test.

Individuals suffering from COPD find it difficult to breathe and experience symptoms such as coughing, sputum production, and shortness of breath. These symptoms often happen, or get worse because of air pollution, humidity and, most especially, cigarette smoke. While symptoms can be managed, the disease itself cannot be cured. Individuals with COPD can be helped by learning how to manage their disease and lessen the symptoms they experience.

Our condition management nurses are ready to help individuals diagnosed with COPD learn to manage their condition by:

  • Increasing knowledge of the disease
  • Providing strategies to slow disease progression and allow for self-management and lifestyle changes
  • Help managing co-morbid conditions which contribute to the chronic disease of COPD (such as depression, anxiety or stress)
  • Review current medications and treatments
  • Help to develop personal goals and successful strategies to manage COPD

All of our condition management programs are personalized to meet your needs and schedule. You’ll work with a wellness coach who will meet with you one-on-one. Worried about making it to in-person appointments? Don’t be! Our nurses can work with you by phone, or with our easy-to-use telehealth software – secure web-based video conferencing you can access on your smartphone, tablet or any computer with a web-cam. Together, you and your coach will build strategies and goals to help you manage your health condition. Call us at (585) 275-6300 or email us at urwell.programs@urmc.rochester.edu to learn more and to see if you are eligible.