COPD Foundation Educational Materials

Thank you for your interest in the COPD Foundation’s educational library. We have a variety of useful booklets, flyers, and tools to help you learn more about living and thriving with COPD – everything from the basics of lung conditions to specific topics such as exercise and exacerbations (flare-ups).

The following are available to download to your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

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Guides for Better Living

The NEW! COPD Foundation Guides for Better Living are comprehensive educational booklets for use by individuals with COPD and their families, pulmonary rehabilitation programs, COPD support groups, and health care facilities. Each of the nine Guides for Better Living focuses on one important aspect of life with COPD. Many in this series of 12- to 20-page easy-to-read booklets feature interactive portions for patients and caregivers to discuss together. The Guides are available for purchase individually or in a set in our online catalogue.

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The 1s, 2s and 3s of COPD

The 1s, 2s, and 3s of COPD contains brief information for the newly diagnosed individual. This booklet covers many COPD-related topics, including COPD diagnosis, treatment, management, anxiety, depression, dealing with exacerbations and a list of resources to get more help in managing COPD. If you are newly diagnosed and looking for basic information about COPD, start here!

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COPD Assessment Test (CAT)

The CAT is a questionnaire for people with COPD. It is designed to measure the impact of COPD on a person's life and how this changes over time. More information on the CAT as well as translations can be found at An interactive version of the CAT is also available in the COPD Foundation’s COPD Pocket Consultant Guide (PCG) app intended for people with COPD, their families and health care professionals. The COPD Pocket Consultant Guide app is available for free download on the App Store and Google Play.

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COPD Pocket Consultant Guide (PCG)

The app. The COPD Pocket Consultant Guide (PCG) app is built to support patients with COPD and their family members in self-management and to assist health care professionals in providing optimal care. The patient and caregiver track contains several helpful tools, including an interactive My COPD Action Plan and activity tracking calendar; inhaler, nebulizer and exercise videos; and a wallet card to track important information such as medications and immunizations. In the health care provider view, users can access the CAT and mMRC Breathlessness Scale; an evidence-based therapy flowchart; COPD medications lists; inhaler and nebulizer education videos; and much more. To download the free app, please visit the App Store or Google Play. You can read more about the PCG tracks for patients and caregivers and for health care professionals.

The tri-fold card. For health care professionals, hard copies of the COPD Pocket Consultant Guide, including the treatment decision tree, seven COPD severity domains, the CAT, the mMRC Breathlessness Scale, and listings of brand or generic medications are available for download below. In addition, laminated versions are available through our online catalogue at

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Disaster Preparedness Plan (DPP)

The COPD Foundation Disaster Preparedness Plan (DPP) is a comprehensive resource for individuals and families impacted by chronic lung diseases, including COPD. It includes information for impacted individuals (patients, family members, and caregivers) on how to evaluate potential disasters and develop a plan tailored to their unique needs. It also includes tips on how to effectively manage COPD and co-morbidities in order to stay as well as possible through the course of a disaster. The 42-page manual comes with six worksheets that help make a plan that is easy to understand and use. The DPP can also be found in the patient and caregiver track of the COPD Pocket Consultant Guide (PCG) app (App Store or Google Play).

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The Impact of Smoking

This flyer highlights the benefits and importance of quitting smoking at any age. Learn about tools to help you quit smoking as well as risk factors for COPD in this double-sided flyer.

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My COPD Action Plan

It can be very helpful to have an action plan to follow when managing your COPD. This plan guides you when you’re feeling well and when an exacerbation (flare-up) is starting. The COPD Foundation's My COPD Action Plan should be filled out the first time as part of a discussion with your health care provider, and then used daily or as often as you can. Remember to update it at least every six months. Download your copy here or use the interactive My COPD Action Plan in the COPD Pocket Consultant Guide (PCG) app (free for download in the App Store and Google Play).

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Tips for Living Well with COPD

It’s important for individuals with COPD to stay healthy and enjoy their favorite activities. In the Tips for Living Well with COPD flyer, you will learn about tools, techniques, and resources to help you on your journey with COPD. You will also learn useful health and safety tips for managing your COPD.

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Staying Healthy and Avoiding Pneumonia Fact Sheet

This is a one-page fact sheet on avoiding pneumonia, which along with flu are the eighth leading cause of death in the United States. To stay healthy at any stage of your COPD journey, work to avoid illness and watch for early warning signs of COPD flare-ups – which may include pneumonia – and report them right away. To help you, the COPD Foundation created the Staying Healthy and Avoiding Pneumonia Fact Sheet.