I think it’s now widely accepted that self-management is vitally important to being able to live well with a lung condition. From keeping active in your day to day life, to using good inhaler technique, to recognising the symptoms of an exacerbation and what to do about it. And much more besides.
It’s much easier to do this well if you have a good dialogue with your healthcare professionals. That way they can tailor their advice to your needs and you can work out, together, what the best course of action is going to be.
Next week I’m going to a meeting where we will discuss communication between healthcare professionals and patients. We’ll discuss the experiences of both patients and healthcare professionals, and this will be the start of a larger piece of market research looking into this.
I am going to take a couple of people with lung disease with me to the meeting and there will also be some healthcare professionals there. I’d also like to know your thoughts so that I can try to make sure that more of your views can be represented.
What are your experiences of talking to healthcare professionals? You might have examples from:
•When you were first diagnosed
•Your appointments with your GP or consultant
•Conversations with other healthcare professionals, like nurses, pharmacists or physiotherapists
•If you have used leaflets or tools such as our COPD passport to support what you are saying
If you’re happy to share them, I’d love to hear both good and bad examples of the conversations you’ve had.
Thank you so much!