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Tips that can help improve your quality of life, whether you’re a patient or caregiver

We have put together a wealth of information to give you guidance and tips that can help improve your quality of life, whether you’re a patient or caregiver. Take a look at the following resources, also available in other languages!

COPD Big Fat Reference Guide® (BFRG)

The Big Fat Reference Guide is a comprehensive resource guide developed by the COPD Foundation as a collaboration of scientists, physicians and other health care professionals as well as by individuals impacted by COPD. The 400+ page Guide was written for people with COPD, their families and caregivers. However, it is also widely used by health care professionals for patient education. The BFRG contains three sections: Managing your health, Managing your disease, and an appendix with useful forms and worksheets.

Visit the BFRG and other downloads page to download a PDF of the BFRG.

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Slim Skinny Reference Guides® (SSRGs)

If you don't have time to read the 400+ page BFRG, check out this set of 10 Slim Skinny Reference Guides® (also known as SSRGs).

Each 14-page booklet covers one topic to help you manage your COPD. The SSRGs are highly recommended educational materials for patient support groups and pulmonary rehabilitation centers as well.

If you’re overwhelmed with all there is to learn about COPD, this is a good place to start!

Visit the SSRGs and other downloads page

AARC Publishes Portable Oxygen Concentrator Guide

A Guide to Portable Oxygen Concentrators is written for patients, to help them have a better understanding of the capabilities and types of POCs on the market. The guide explains why POCs should be matched with each patient’s specific needs. It also provides the layperson with an easy-to-understand explanation of the specific delivery types and the amount of oxygen delivered with each breath.

Especially informative for the consumer reader is the “Points to Ponder” introduction to the booklet. That narrative describes many useful tips for the user of POC systems and helps them evaluate and understand their needs in choosing an oxygen system, a choice that would be made in consultation with their physician and respiratory therapist.

For more information on A Guide to Portable Oxygen Concentrators, visit the AARC's patient website at

Your Personal Oximeter: A Guide for Patients

Today the use of Long Term Oxygen Therapy (LTOT) is best guided by personal measurements of oxygen levels in the blood, which are easily displayed by a simple, but sophisticated device that attaches to your finger, called an oximeter. This booklet explains the body’s need for oxygen, how oxygen delivery systems can provide oxygen, and how it’s monitored by a personal oximeter. You should always work with your health care provider in your use of oxygen.


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