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COPD Self-assessment…

Posted Jan 15 2010 12:00am

January 15, 2010 by Ron

You can access a COPD Assessment Test (CAT), sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, here. It’s quite simple, just click on the numbers that you think apply to you (it’s self-explanatory), click where prompted, at the bottom, to get your total, and a note that suggests how severe it is. Then, if you wish, you can print it out and take it along to your GP to discus it with him/her.

Don’t forget to input your name and the date at the top – it’s easily overlooked.

This, for example, is mine:-

When you click the button, you’ll see a message like this. Again, this is mine:-

Bear in mind that this is just an overview of your COPD – it’s not carved in stone.And note the wording in that box – healthcare IS – or should be – a partnership. The days of doctor knows best, especially with intelligent and well-informed chronically sick patients, are gone.

If, like me, you’re getting on a bit, then bear in mind that peak flow measurements in older patients can give false highs, Also, in my experience, the routine, annual practice-nurse administered spirometry test is unreliable (with COPD, an annual snapshot is a waste of everybody’s time), and after I’ve been sitting in the waiting room for half an hour – getting my breath back – does not reflect how I am normally.

A caveat: As I am directing people to the CAT website, I do not believe that reproducing my test, here, represents a breach of copyright.

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