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Integrated Care Pathway Programme Contact Information Jurong Medical Centre 60 Jurong West Central 3 Singapore 648346 www.jmc.com.sg For general enquiries, call Tel: (65) 6551 7888 or Fax: (65) 6551 7999 For appointments, call Tel: (65) 6551 7828 Getting to Jurong Medical Centre (JMC)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

QUESTIONNAIRE FOR SMOKERS OR EX-SMOKERS For smokers or ex-smokers, if you score (5) and above in total, you may wish to go for the lung function and smokerlyser test.

COPD refers to “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease”1 where Chronic means it won’t go away. Obstructive means partly blocked. Pulmonary relates to the lungs. Disease means sickness.

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Adults may have COPD if they have trouble breathing or a cough that will not go away. Airways carry air to the lungs. Airways get smaller and smaller like branches of a tree. At the end of each tiny branch there are many small air sacs–like tiny balloons.   In healthy people, each airway is clear and open. Each tiny air sac fills up with air and the air then quickly goes out. In COPD patients, the openings of the airways are smaller. Less air enters because: • the walls of the airways get thick and swollen. • the airways are squeezed by small muscles around them. • the airways produce mucus that you cough up.   The tiny air sacs cannot empty and your lungs feel very full.

What Causes COPD? Approximately 8 out of every 100 people in Singapore have COPD2. Smoking is by far the main cause of COPD, but it is not the only cause. For a very small minority of people, the primary cause is a genetic predisposition or exposure to environmental pollutants. Our healthcare professionals in the COPD programme can help you understand the problems you have with your lungs. For more information or to register for this programme, contact us at: Tel: 1800-JHS-COPD / 1800-547-2673 or Email: COPD_ICP@juronghealth.com.sg Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5.30pm Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease. Patient Handbook. 2011. T.P Ng et al. Respiratory Medicine (2009) 103, 895-901

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During the past 4 weeks, how often did you feel shortness of breath?

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None A little Sometimes Most of the time All of the time

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Have you ever coughed up any mucus or phlegm?

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No, never Only with occasional colds or chest infections Yes, a few days a month Yes, a few days a week Yes, everyday

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Please select the answer that best describes you in the past 12 months. I am less active than I used to be because of my breathing problems.

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Strongly disagree Disagree Unsure Agree Strongly agree

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Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your entire life?

       

       

       

 No  Yes  Don't know 5

How old are you?

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35 - 39 40 - 49 50 - 59 60 - 69 Above 70

     

       

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)  

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