May 1, 2015

New Patient Program: C.O.P.E –COPD.Online.Patient.Education

C.O.P.E – COPD. Online. Patient. Education is a new and free web-based resource for patients (and their carers) that will enable you to complete the educational component of pulmonary rehabilitation from the comfort of your own home. C.O.P.E is an easy to use, interactive and informative program and can be used to complement a pulmonary rehabilitation program, home exercise program or simply as a reference point for information on living with a lung disease. It enables you to download and print resources, watch videos and be linked to further information on topics that may be of specific interest to you.

Pulmonary rehabilitation programs generally consist of six to eight weeks of exercise and education. These sessions are evidence-based and designed especially for people with chronic lung conditions to better manage symptoms and stay well and out of hospital. As these programs are usually delivered at a hospital or community health centre, access to pulmonary rehabilitation is limited with fewer than 10% of patients undertaking this life-changing program.

We welcome your feedback to help us identify whether you found the resource useful or any ideas for improvement. Please provide this important feedback by completing the survey at the end of each of the five modules or via email,
to enquiries@lungfoundation.com.au. To access C.O.P.E visit www.cope.lungfoundation.com.au.

C.O.P.E was developed in partnership with the BUPA Health Foundation and in consultation with expert clinicians, patients, carers and consumers. The content within this interactive web-based platform was based on “Better Living with COPD – A Patient’s Guide”, the “Better Living with Your Lung Disease” self-management series and other educational resources.