Regular examinations for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma

The treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma must be evaluated periodically.

Asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) are common chronic lung diseases. Physical activity, not smoking and proper self-regulation of medical treatment are in key positions in the treatment. Patient organisations, such as Hengitysliitto and Allergia- ja astmaliitto can provide help as well.

Evaluation of the treatment balance of chronic respiratory diseases at regular intervals is important. Evaluation is usually conducted annually in connection with the renewal of prescriptions. The Oma Lääkärisi health clinics hope patients will phone when they need to renew their prescriptions. The nurse will chart the condition of the patient on the phone. If everything is ok, the physician will be requested to write an electronic prescription. If necessary, the patient will be booked an appointment with a pulmonary nurse for a more detailed charting of the situation. Before the appointment, the patient is usually requested to conduct PEF tets at home (PEF monitoring and electronic PEF monitoring). The appointment includes, evaluation of the command of self-regulated medical treatment, checking the technique of taking the medication, listening to the lungs, measuring oxidation with a finger-prick test, and conducting PEF tests. The nurse provides instructions for lifestyle choices that support the treatment of chronic respiratory diseases. If necessary, the nurse will consult a physician in order to change the treatment or book you an appointment with a physician.