Non-pharmacological management of COPD - Fiona Horwood

Date Published: 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Dr Fiona Horwood talks about non-pharmacological management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Fiona is Clinical Head for General Medicine and a Respiratory Physician at Counties Manukau DHB.



  • What does the term COPD actually cover?
  • Physical and psychosocial impact does the condition have on people
  • Key questions to investigating social impact
  • Helpful tool to assess impact. CAT COPD Assessment Tool
  • Managing COPD
  • Breathing techniques
  • Chest physiotherapy
  • Is there any evidence for alternative therapies?
  • Oxygen therapy?
  • Surgical intervention
  • Day to day practicalities / advanced life planning


Take home messages

  • Non-pharmacological management is as important, if not more than the use of inhalers, particularly early on in the disease.
  • The key lifestyle changes that will greatly improve management are:
    • smoking cessation
    • exercise
    • vaccination
    • good diet.


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Dr Fiona Horwood
Respiratory Physician

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